Acts of Humanity
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GoodSalt.com-lwjas0210As this week’s lesson talks about acts of inhumanity being sins against God, I would like to write about acts of humanity.

Taking a walk in Texas, I came across a beautiful patch of Texas Blue Bonnet flowers and Indian Paint Brushes. Among the flowers I saw some litter. I thought to myself, as ugly as sin has made this world, God still has His beautiful flowers for all to enjoy among the litter.

Not long after the New York World Trade Towers were hit by terrorists, New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani, said, “Evil manifested itself that day, with those who were willing to die if they could just kill someone else. Good was manifested that day by those rescue workers who were willing to die if they could just save someone else.” Crashing the planes into the towers was an act of inhumanity, but the rescue workers running into the disaster area while everyone else was running away were performing acts of humanity. As terrible as that day was, it was a defeat for Satan, as we actually saw more good than evil. We saw a handful of terrorists taking lives, but we saw hundreds of rescue workers saving lives. We saw planes being forced out of the sky and landing in places like Nova Scotia, where the townsfolk took some of these traveling strangers in and boarded and fed them. Acts of humanity were everywhere.

Last year I made two trips to Connecticut and Massachusetts, while doing evangelistic meetings. Never having been to New England, I was taken in by the beauty of the area. It seemed so peaceful. I loved visiting the pleasant little villages and old churches. The people were so kind and pleasant to be around. One evening I took the night off from meetings, and visited Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. They were playing my Tampa Bay Rays. Even though I was for the other team, everyone was very polite and helpful – from the people who helped me get on the right subway, to the Japanese  tourists, who sat next to me, asking me Red Sox trivia questions throughout the game, not realizing I was not a Red Sox fan. I surprised myself on how well I could answer their questions. On the train to my hotel, after the game I ran into nothing but the nicest people ever. Even traveling alone, I never felt alone.

Imagine my shock and horror when months later a crazed gunman walked into a Connecticut school and started committing one of the ugliest acts of inhumanity ever seen. When I thought of the wonderful people I met there, I could not imagine such a thing happening. Later I heard about something I could imagine. Victoria Soto, a young school teacher, died in the gunfire while unselfishly protecting the children. That was an act of humanity. After recently being in New England I found the gunman’s actions unbelievable for that area, but I found the action of Victoria Soto to be what I would expect from people in the area.

Last Monday Satan raised his ugly head again in Boston as people were innocently trying to finish a marathon. An act of inhumanity. But we see videos of people rushing to the aid of those who were hurting. That night I thought of Paul writing in 2 Timothy 4:7 NLT “I have finished the race” – the race of life and he would be receiving his prize at the Second Coming. I don’t think Satan is going to be as happy at the end of that race as he was at the end of the Boston Marathon.

A few weeks earlier, I had watched a documentary which left me upset. It was about a child who was abused and killed back in the 1960`s and the trial that brought justice. It was very disturbing, and I think I should have followed the counsel of Philippians 4:8 and skipped the documentary. Like the Boston Marathon bombing, the acts of inhumanity in this documentary were senseless. I was so angry with the evil people that I wanted them to suffer justice! It reminded me of a time many years ago when I was watching Roots, with my grandmother. As a child watching the movie, I was outraged by the cruelty many slave owners practiced towards their slaves. As I was watching, I thought in my ten- year old little mind, “I wish I could bring those slave owners back to life and beat them back to death again! They are so cruel!” I started to tell my grandmother how I felt, when she looked and saw how upset I was. She was upset too, but she said, “It makes you want to bring those poor slaves back to life and be good and nice to them, right?” I agreed with her and didn`t tell her what I was really thinking. My way of thinking, bring the slave owners back and beat them to death, would only continue the inhumanity.

My grandmother died decades later, never knowing what an important lesson she taught me that night. She does not even know she rebuked my attitude, when she said, “It makes you want to bring the slaves back to life and be good and nice to them, right?” I was plotting acts of inhumanity while she was plotting acts of humanity.

After watching the recent documentary about the child who was abused to death, I was thinking how senseless this crime was and I realized I could not bring that child back to life to demonstrate love. Jesus can and will bring people back to life and treat them with love, but in the meantime I`m thinking of what I can do. I can commit senseless acts of kindness in this child’s name.

The next day I found myself having lunch with a friend at one of our favorite restaurants. I saw a family eating together at a nearby table. I told the waitress, “Give me their check.” I did not know the family. They may have had more money than I did. There was no reason or motive for my actions. It may have been totally senseless for me to pay their bill, but that was the point. I decided if some people are going to be senselessly mean, then I am going to be senselessly nice!

I learned my lesson watching Roots with my grandmother that night long ago. I don’t want to continue with acts of inhumanity. Count me in with the millions who are committing acts of humanity!

God, I don’t want to be another piece of litter. Please make me a Blue Bonnet or an Indian Paint Brush. 

Will you join me in committing `senseless` acts of kindness to make this world a little better for some of the people in it?  Perhaps it will catch on.

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Acts of Humanity — 15 Comments

  1. [Moderator Note: Please use full name when commenting]

    Thank you William, you've opened my eye to do senseless acts of kindness to the people and community around me. I'm richly blessed to read your piece.

    I Praise God for people like you.

    Regards. Lillian

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  2. Dear Father in heaven, I don’t want to be another piece of litter. Please make me a Blue Bonnet or an Indian Paint Brush.

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  3. This is what Jesus did. His kindness made no sense to those who did not want to know Him. His greatest kindness on the Roman cross, still " makes no sense". As His followers we are called to be as He is ... To do good because of our love response to Him, paying it forward as it were.

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  4. Thank you so much for this article. This confirmed that good deeds will always triumph over evil. I recently moved into a retirement community and quickly became very active as a director. I made it my mission to be nice to everyone around me and to check on my neighbors taking them to the doctor, prepare a meal, or just sit and have lively discussions. Well, those deeds of kindness did not go unrewarded. Three days ago I had foot surgery and unable to get around, and the love shown me by these residents was wonderful; even my 93 year old neighbor walked up flights of stairs to sit with me, called me every hour to check on me, others brought water, food and anything that I needed. This confirmed that good will always triumph over evil. I pray that God will continue to give me a spirit of caring for others.
    God bless you in all you do.

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  5. Powerful point : committing `senseless` acts of kindness.
    Doing good with no reason at all!
    What a message! Like evil doesn't need sound reasoning neither does good.
    Great lesson for me I will try to commit acts of goodness with no reason at all.

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  6. A very powerful article William. Thank you. This is what Jesus declared in Luke 6: 27-31. "Love our enemies, and to do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, do to them likewise." This will greatly defeat inhumanity in this world when we apply them in our everyday behaviors. My prayers is that we diligently seek His power to empower us to behave this way. May God continually bless you Williams with many more insightful articles of inspiration. Cheers!!!

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  7. Thank you all for letting God's love shine through you in a world of pain and suffering. God still has His people all over the world and there is still much to praise Him and to be thankful for.

    "The whole earth, wrapped as it is in the darkness of sin and sorrow and pain, is to be lighted with the knowledge of God's love. From no sect, rank, or class of people is the light shining from heaven's throne to be excluded." - Prophets and Kings, Page 719

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  8. Care is the greatest wonder of the world. Through love and affection, care was made manifest through Jesus the son. His heart is touched with our grief and he smiles when he sees sunshine in our souls. Blessed Sabbath.

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  9. [Moderator Note: Please use full name when commenting]

    Most certainly Bro. I too will be joining you in committing senseless acts of kindness. God bless you and keep you.

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  10. Thank you for the article well said, we should always be looking for opportunities for acts of humanity, thank you so much for reminding us,
    I remember watching Roots and thinking how can humans treat other humans in such a way. our God is the only hope He can change our heart to a heart of flesh and really become human!!

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  11. It.s wonderful to know that there are people who continue to extend love and care or act of humanity.

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