Forgetting the Forgotten

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“And on some have compassion, making a difference; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.” — Jude 22-23

 

 

 

In north Georgia, there is a popular vacation and tourist attraction called Talloula Falls. There, as the story goes, a young, brokenhearted Indian maiden took her life in greif over a lost loved one.

 

On November 25th, just a few years ago, a young 22 year old man busied himself decorating the rail fence that surrounded the deep gorge there. It was the Christmas season and lights were to line the gorge for this festive time.

 

Many visitors passed the fence, the gorge and the young man that day. All noticed that the young man was working on the outside–on the ledge side of the fence. Many wondered why the young man would choose such a precarious and dangerous position.

 

No one said anything, no one gave warning. After witnessing such, two friends of mine returned home only to discover that moments after seeing the young man, he lost his footing and plunged to his death. In heart-brokenness my friends called to relate the story to me.

 

How many labor precariously all around us, on the brink of death? How many go unwarned of the danger of destruction? Who will warn them? Who will rescue them? Who will reach over the fence and save them from the pit?

 

We have forgotten the forgotten! We have lost sight of the fact that someone reached over the divide and pulled us back from certain destruction.

 

Jude says, “We must have compassion!” (Jude 22) Love must drive us to remember the forgotten–the lost in sin. The church needs a fresh baptism of love. We as individuals must fall in love with Jesus and others if the forgotten are to have any hope.

 

Jude also says, “We must have courage!” (Jude 23a) We must put ourselves into the perilous circumstances of those who do not know Christ and rescue them from the fire. The flames must sharpen our devotion, not dull our senses!

 

Finally, Jude says, “We must have conviction!” (Jude 23b) There must be such a disdain for sin and its affects on those around us that we are driven to action and live in separation. Hating sin and loving the sinner–that will cause us to remember the forgotten.

 

“Everyday the pass me by,

I can see it in their eyes.

Empty people filled with care,

Headed who knows where.

On they go through private pain,

Living fear to fear.

Laughter hides their silent cries,

Only Jesus hears.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.

At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.

When will we realize, that we must give our lives,

For people need the Lord.”

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