Unless you live in a cave, in which case you probably won’t see this either, a group of bystanders rushed to the aid of a motorcycle driver trapped under a burning car and basically lifted it off of him. The first person on the scene appears to me to be a women who simply reacted and wanted to help and many more came to her aid as well. My feeling as I watch the video, other than admiration and thankfulness is that they really reacted. Here is someone in trouble – help them. What if they had 15 minutes to think about it? No doubt many would do what they did. But to help out of instinct is a different “animal” than reacting after deliberation and thought. I am not saying that one brand of heroism is better than another – I’m saying they are different. In one instinct takes over – conscience – someone is in trouble – help them. The other deliberately sits down and counts the cost. It also thinks of ways to get others to do good in our “life together”.
There is a marvelous passage that talks about how we are all in this together and that we need to deliberately provoke, help, stir, stimulate, encourage, (you pick the word) one another to do good works. That activity takes place in church, in worship. In fact the reason that we stir up one another to good works and continue going to church is because we live in that expectation of the end (see September 15th).
Hebrews 10 – 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.