The Indifference of Good Men

If you have never seen the movie Boondock Saints, I suggest that you think a long time before you decide to play it on whatever screen you choose.  It is not a beautiful movie.  At times it is a difficult movie to watch due to the extravagant amount of cursing, violence, and bloodshed.  But at the same time it is a beautiful movie that forces you to think.  And if you watch closely and open your ears, you might catch some of the symbolism that flows off the screen.

In the opening scene, the Monsignor gives a sermon that should challenge each and every single one of us.  It goes as follows:

… and I am reminded on this holy day, of the sad story of Kitty Geneviese.  As you all may remember, a long time ago, almost thirty years ago, this poor soul cried out for help time and time again but no person answered her calls.  Though many saw, no one so much as called the police.  They all just watched as Kitty was stabbed to death in broad daylight.   They watched as her assailant walked away.  Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most.  And that is the indifference of good men.

The indifference of good men.  When we know we should act, but yet something holds us back.

I was told many years ago that the devil doesn’t want us to fight him or his demons.  He wants us to sit back and do nothing.  That is the only way that he will win the war for our hearts and souls.

We don’t want to get involved.  We convince ourselves that it isn’t our fight.  We tell ourselves that it is safer to watch from a distance.

It doesn’t have to be murder.  Maybe it is the blind man who I have seen walking down the sidewalk.  Maybe it is the old gentleman who just wants to tell you his story.  Maybe it is the kid that everyone makes fun of at school.  Or the single mother trying to make ends meet.

It doesn’t really matter what the battle is.  In that moment, our hearts know that we should act.  But we don’t have the time.  We have places we’d rather be.  We are struggling ourselves.

One of the things that I have been learning (or trying to learn) is how to trust your heart.  That gut feeling you have about a situation, when you must decide to do something or nothing at all.  I believe that many times it is God pulling at our hearts, giving us the choice and chance to follow him.

You never know what joy you may discover.  The stories you will hear.  The lives you may save.

The greatest evil that the world will ever see is not the violence that floods our society or the hate that fuels the wars, nor is it the lust that consumes our society.  But it is the indifference that has consumed our hearts, forcing us to do nothing.

Just a thought…

God Bless and PEACE


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