As I watched Freedom Writers (again) this past weekend, parts of the movie struck me differently this time around. In particular, there is a scene where the students successfully raise enough money to bring Miep Gies to speak to their class – the woman who secretly housed Anne Frank and her family during the holocaust. After Gies spoke, one student rose and said to her, I’ve never had a hero before, but you are my hero. And she responded, Oh no, no, no. Young man, I am not a hero. I did what I had to do because it was the right thing to do, that is all.
Murder, imprisonment, torture, all waited for Miep Gies if she was apprehended for hiding Jewish people, but she hid them anyway. Likewise, no matter how challenging, no matter how lonely, no matter how frightening, we must do what’s right.
“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” (James 4:17 NIV)
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NIV)
As we continuously seek God’s wisdom, He will instruct us to decipher between right and wrong, and then supply us with the desire to choose what’s right. And on those days we choose what’s wrong, or fail to not do anything at all, there’s always grace waiting for us on the other side of repentance.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NIV)
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