I read of a young man, Christopher Sercye, who was playing basketball with his friends on May 16, 1998 when he was shot in the chest, and a bullet perforated his aorta. His friends helped him get to within forty feet of the entrance to Ravenswood Hospital and then went inside and asked for help. The hospital staff refused to help Christopher saying that it was against the hospital’s policies to administer aid to those outside the hospital. Eventually a policeman was able to get a wheel chair and wheeled Christopher into the hospital where he was helped by the hospital staff. It was too late, however, and Christopher died about an hour later. That hospital had lost real purpose of aiding the injured, as it got caught up in all the other things that had to be done. We need to take care not to take the same position that hospital did. How could we do that? By trying to minister only to those who come through the doors of our church building, rather than being a witness for Christ out in the world we live in. It’s always a shame that anyone would die without having been spoken to about their soul and the Saviour unless they have made their way into the church. Are we sowing the seed in the field of our world?
(From 10/14/12 bulletin)