In the sacred moments of this sacred season, Christians can boldly proclaim what their actions during the passion drama would have been. They would not have hidden, they would not have run and they would have died for their Lord.
It is easy to look back and be courageous, thoughtful, caring, and concerned. It is easy to look back and be smarter.
Those sacred moments and opportunities come every day though and the question is, "Where were you?"
Judy lived her life alone, she went to church, she worked with Christians but she had no friends among them. They never asked about her, got to know her or tried to be her friend. When her relatives died it was her non-Christian, sometimes Pagan, friends from work who supported her, paid attention, and showed her that someone cared.
Where were you?
Dan's marriage was falling apart, his wife was leaving him and his children hated him. His friends at church turned their backs on him and drove him from their 'holy communion.' As a divorced man....he was not welcome. He soon found his friends at the local bar where he was accepted, loved, and even cared for by his friends. He missed his family, his church but felt rejected and hurt and so terribly alone. One morning, in the cheap hotel where he lived he ended his life. At his funeral were his friends from the bar but none from his church.
Where were you?
Look around and see the opportunities to be Christ to a hurting world. We cannot be everywhere but we can be somewhere. Look around and see the needs only you, and others like you, can help fill. Look around....
When someone asks 'where were you?' when I was hurting, naked, in need, alone,in need of prayer, strength, you can tell them, "I was the one right over there..."