"Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?"
Viewed as broadly as possible, this Proverb speaks to our responsibility to justice. It can feel unfortunate at times, but knowledge often brings her two sisters with her: responsibility and accountability.
When we are made privy to injustice, we are responsible for our action, or inaction, thereafter. This is not an easy word, when we really get down to it. Most Americans are sold out on what Schaeffer identified as our country's two great values: personal peace and affluence.
If fighting for justice, or speaking up for the innocent, endangers one of those two great American gods, are you willing to risk it? Or will you feign ignorance; will you look the other way? As millions of babies are killed in the womb, will we act like we don't know - will we pretend it isn't happening? Or will we take action?
Whatever our answers to those questions may be, one thing is certain: we will be held accountable for our knowledge of injustice. Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it?
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