That's not my problem

Have you ever been in a discussion with friends or colleagues or a group of people you don’t know and you hear the expression “That is not my problem?” I work with a group of developers and they always say that is not their problem, but it is your problem. I noticed that this expression really segregates people from people and I think it gives a sense of relief to people that you are much worse off than they are. It makes them feel better about their situation. It seems in human nature to put down a fellow man. Well, I have to say that this is great. Why do we want to get involved with other people’s problem? Let them fix it on their own. Gotcha! April fool’s day. Just kidding.

I really don’t like to hear this expression. I know it is hard to get involved with somebody else’s life, but I think that is partially why we are here. Everybody needs a helping hand but sometimes people have too much pride or too much fear to ask for help. We should be more comforting to those that seem to have a lot on their mind. I think Church should be doing a better job in finding out who’s hurting in the congregation and how we as a body of Christ can help. You can’t live life alone. I think Church would be a great place for people not only to get involved but also to seek help and healing for their problems.

In Acts 2,
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Back then, nobody said “That’s not my problem.” They sacrificed what they had in order to help the needy. It was a great concept that stood the test of time. I give kudos to those people and organizations that are taking a stand to sacrifice in order to help the needy. I don’t believe in the phrase “Survival of the fittest” but I do believe in the phrase “Survival of everybody.” I think that is what God wanted. All of us to help all of us so that we can become a strong body of Christ. There would be fewer people in need and more people getting involved.

So throw away the expression “That not my problem” and react with “Is there some way I can help?” Doesn’t that sound so much better? Finding ways to help people was the focus of the first Church and it will always be the focus- back then, now, and in the future. That’s what God does. God helps and loves people back then, now, and forever. No problem, eh?

In Christ,
Stan Yee

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