I Will Not Do Nothing

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.



Filed under Bible, Christ, Christianity, faith, life

4 responses to “I Will Not Do Nothing

  1. I love that quote. The first introduction I had to it was in the movie Tears of the Sun. It is a tough movie to watch because the choice to refuse is sometimes costly, but it makes such a difference. I also think of the verse from James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. ”

    Great goal! I pray God shows you and teaches you things you never dreamed of this year.

  2. And keep busy. The devil loves to keep us busy.
    Debbie aka The Real World Martha(S)

  3. Mark

    I think you are not getting the idea about the Burke quote..He is talking about evil not natural disasters…disasters cannot be evil. Evil requires personhood. He is talking about not countering the evil that evil men and Satan do.

  4. Mark, I understand. And I can see your point.

    But I think that evil can triumph during natural disasters if people refuse to do good in response. Disasters — sickness, natural disasters, suffering — are the result of evil, of sin. And Satan will triumph during those disasters if God’s people don’t respond with God’s character.

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