I talked to one of my good friends yesterday who knew exactly what the church should be doing regarding the constitutional debate. After listening to his very convincing argument, I asked him whether he could call a group of people together and create a team to do what he was strongly suggesting. After all, the church is you and me! He hemmed and hawed and generally wasn’t ready to commit. I suspect he’s too busy running his business to give the time.
Many times, we see things around us that are wrong or that could be much better and yet do or say nothing about it. Usually, the biggest culprit is fear. Other times, it’s just not convenient to intervene. Or we figure it’s not our job – someone else with more authority should be doing something about it. Or sometimes when we intervene, we do so in an uncaring manner that only criticizes but doesn’t offer solutions. As a song once said, ‘everybody knows that anybody could do all the good things that nobody did!’
In our reading (Daniel 5:10-12), the queen (most likely Belshazzar’s mom and Nebuchadnezzar’s daughter) had not been invited to the rowdy party or perhaps had not cared to attend. Yet she seemed to know exactly what the problems in the kingdom were, and where to find the solutions. She implied her son’s behavior did not match up to the kingly behavior of Nebuchadnezzar. She recommended he immediately consult with Daniel. And she was right of course, on all counts. The problem is that her advice came too late to save her son or her country.
The prophet Ezekiel spoke about the problem God has finding people who care enough to intervene on behalf of others. “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30)
Lord, help me not to wait until it’s too late to intervene before I act. I pray that things will not go wrong in my family, my company, or my country on my watch and when I can still do something about it. AMEN