The video footage was shocking. The camera in the convenience store caught the image of a man who lay on the floor dying. 31-year-old Jheryl Wright was shot as he was leaving a Quick Stop convenience store in Kalamazoo, Mi. He ended up dying in the doorway to the store. After Wright was shot, the video shows customers who entered the store chose to step over him. Two men can be seen looking down at him as they leave but they didn’t even bother to stop and help they just kept moving on. Several more customers are seen on the video stepping over Wright to enter the store. The victim laid on the floor for around five minutes before one customer came in and called 911.
This complete disregard for human life should be an eye-opening lesson on the unraveling of our current society and our lack of concern for our fellow man. We seem to be turning in to a step-over-them culture. We are shutting ourselves off from the rest of the world. With our ears plugged into our music and our eyes glued to our smart phones we are less conscious of the hurting people around us. Our self-focused world is our only reality.
Jesus was different. In John 5 he was in Jerusalem attending a feast. At a certain pool called Bethesda there lay a great number of people who were sick, blind, lame and paralyzed waiting for the moving of the water. Jesus spotted a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. He looked at him with compassion and told him to rise, take up his bed and walk. As the rest of the world stepped over him, Jesus had compassion on him and healed him.
What kind of people will we chose to be? Are we going to be like the step-over-people who callously go through life with a blind eye? Or, are we going to be like our Master, who stopped, looked, and reached out in love and concern?
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation