Decisions and Resolutions

There are certain decisions in life that one has to make before reaching the juncture. I'm not talking about retirement plans or life insurance here. There are just some situations which hit us on a small day-to-day level and often leave us clueless as to what to do.
I went to Blockbuster to return a video a few moments ago and a few homeless people were sitting in front of the tape return slot. I haven't seen them in a few months, and their return somehow had me defenceless and unready. Not too long ago I would have waived them off, possibly with a lie that I didn't have any change on me. I could have done the "I don't speak English" thing were it not for the copies of English movies in my hand. To console myself I'd theorize that they were probably going to spend whatever money they had on drugs, and I didn't want to be supporting that sort of a vice. Or that I was a student, and the money wasn't mine to give away. Yet it was different this time. It was true that I didn't bring my wallet, but what I did bring this time round was my conscience.
The good old much ridiculed phrase of "what would Jesus do" (now affectionately known as WWJD) comes to mind. Even more piercing was the parable of the sheep and the goats.
<strong>Matthew 25:31-46</strong>
"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'
"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
"Then He will also say to those on the left hand, "Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'
"Then they also will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' Then He will answer them, saying, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."</blockquote>
I would like to be able to have dinner with them some time when the chance comes to me. I only ask that God grant me the courage to see through my prejudices, a heart to show compassion and wisdom to discern. I have been indifferent and apathetic for far too long a time. If I were homeless and drug-dependent, I wouldn't have wanted to meet me. God has enough love for everyone, I only hope I learn to share it.
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