Why good people do nothing.
(It hurts falling off your bike!)
I remember teaching my eldest son to ride his bike. Exhausted, running behind him with my hand on the seat, I struggled to catch my breath while at the same time trying to hold him up. It was inevitable. My exhaustion pushed me to trust in his ability before he was truly ready. As soon as I let go, to my amazement he took off. Ten, twenty yards out he was doing great! Than all of a sudden, boom! He hit the ground. Skinned knees and crying, he yelled for dad. I quickly found myself running yet again.
It’s exhausting teaching kids to ride a bike.
Over time and a few more bloody knees, he finally figured it out and the neighborhood became his wheeled playground. His posse of 2nd and 3rd graders now ruled the suburban streets.
It’s interesting, though he is quite a talented little bike rider now, he knows almost nothing about all the intricate laws of nature and creative engineering that went into his bike ride. The countless brilliant men that developed the bicycle, their stories, experiences, and process of bike creation have never entered into his little mind. He just likes to ride!
The other day I was talking to some people about us as Christians needing to be more involved in our community. We need to volunteer with the poor, serve those who are in need and hurting. I mentioned that maybe we need to start more training classes, a place where we can teach and prepare our people about every aspect of serving others. A lady who works for me piped up and said “we don’t need another training class, we need to just do it!”
It amazes me how modern Christians have become worshipers of evaluation. As a graduate student myself I will absolutely agree that study is extremely important. The problem is we have Christians who have spent much of their spiritual lives reading about those who have developed ways to serve, studying all the intricate nuances of having conversations with people who may be hurting, reading about how to balance our lives when we begin to serve so we don’t burn out. Then when we finally have the courage to serve, or “ride the bike” and inevitably fall and skin our emotional knee, we abandon service and proclaim, “see I told you I wasn’t ready!”.
The Bible says that those of you who know the good you ought to do and don’t do it sin. Just maybe some Christians obsessed with analysis alone are living in…. well we will just let James 4:17 fill in the blank.