There’s a saying that says that – Ignorance is bliss.
There’s another one that says, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”
But it very often can.
Both of these sayings are written to attempt to make the world, or at least the writer’s world easier, more bliss filled, less painful because you don’t know things.
I could give you hundreds of examples of situations where ignorance is not bliss. But just consider these few:
• You’re driving across Nebraska in a blizzard and you are ignorant of how much gas is left in your gas tank……
• Bill Cosby is a great family man and a wonderful role model for our children.
• Matt Lauer, formerly of the Today Show, treats his co-workers and staffers with respect and dignity.
But I thought……
Yeah, it did. But the ignorance wasn’t so much bliss any more.
Because then you have to explain to your kids that one of their favorite comedians from the “old days” who is also “black like me” treated women in very bad ways.
Ignorance is not bliss.
This world is not full of rainbows, unicorns and butterflies. Well, there might be rainbows and butterflies but they don’t control the world.
We live in a very complex and challenging world. A world full of good and a world full of evil. A world that is very hard to understand.
But ignorance is not bliss. Saying we didn’t know doesn’t cut it. Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 25….
““Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’”
Matthew 25:41-45 NIV
Whatever – anything, no limitations, no time frames, no cost containment
Whatever you – not him, not the missionary that your church supports, but YOU
Whatever you did NOT do – Jesus is not talking about getting credit for the things you did do. He’s talking about what you didn’t do. The absence of action.
Whatever you did not do for the least of these. Not just your church, or your kid’s school or your favorite charity or your son’s baseball team.
The Least Of These.
And how are you going to help the least of these if you don’t know about them?
How are you going to help combat racial profiling at the local mall if you don’t know about it?
How are you going to help keep families together if you don’t know about unethical and unwise TPS annulment decisions? (See what I did there – do you know what that is?)
How are you going to push back against sex trafficking if you don’t know what to look for or that it’s happening down the street from you?
The world is very complex.
It’s fast moving and it’s hard to understand.
But we can’t pretend we don’t know. Because ignorance is not bliss.
God won’t accept ignorance.
And with the knowledge comes responsibility.
That’s a large part of what we hope to do here.
Understand what’s going on in the world and how we can do something about it.
That’s what Jesus would do.
That’s what He wants us to do.