There is a quote attributed to Edmund Burke which says, “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Last week, an elder of the church we are attending was explaining an outreach the church is doing and offering the opportunity to be involved. He recited that quote and challenged the church with this — “Refuse to do nothing.”
That has been ricocheting around my brain all week.
Refuse to do nothing.
That’s really all we need to do. Something. Anything. Just not nothing.
When we hear about a family suffering through illness or grieving death, we can make a phone call or cook a meal or send a note. Any little something. When we hear about disaster striking — a house burning down, a horrible car accident, a flood, an earthquake, a hurricane — we can send money or donate blood or give our children’s outgrown clothes or start a food drive. Something. Just not nothing.
Because when we do nothing, the enemy wins. Evil triumphs. James 4:17 says, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
Refuse to do nothing. That’s my goal for 2008. I want this to be the year I refused to do nothing.