Aren’t they all our children?

Several years ago a reporter was covering the conflict in Sarajevo when he saw a young girl get shot.

He rushed over to help. By the time he got there another man also wanted to assist. They lifted her into the reporter’s car and set off to the hospital. The reporter drove, and the other man stayed in the back holding the wounded girl.

As they drove the man in the back called out, “Hurry, my friend. My child is still alive.” A few minutes later, “Hurry, my friend, my child is still warm.” A little later, “Hurry, my child is getting cold.”

By the time they got to the hospital she had died.

Later, as the two men were washing the blood off of their hands, the man who had been in the back of the car said he wasn’t looking forward to telling the girl’s father that his daughter was dead.

The reporter was surprised. Since the other man kept referring to the girl as his “child” he assumed he was the father.

“No,” the man replied, “but aren’t they all our children?”

What I find so moving about this story is that it speaks to the profound truth that we are all connected on a level beyond biology. And not only that, but that we should have a Christ-centred concern for each other’s well-being, even when we don’t know each other.

Writing in Philippians 2:4 Paul says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Today, as you interact with people who are as broken and as precious as you, know the profound truth that we are all connected on a level beyond biology—and that we should have a Christ-centred concern for each other’s well-being.

The result is a world which is a little less impersonal, and lot more compassionate.

By Matthew Ruttan

LIKE MUSCLES TO YOUR FLESH. Today’s “Up!” is related to my Sunday podcast at Westminster. It was Part 1 in a mini-series called “Common Bond: The collapse of community in a consumer world and the call of community in Christ’s.” The message is “Like Muscles To Your Flesh” and you can listen in here. Enjoy!

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