Early in life, a child has driven in their brain calling 911 in an emergency. When you’re in trouble, or a medical crisis, call 911 and help is on the way. But, as it turns out, is that really the best idea?
A Wisconsin sheriff made headlines when he created a commercial with the following:
“I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal…your safety.
It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 and waiting is no longer your best option.
You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back; but are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?
The sheriff tells you:
- Safety is not a spectator sport.
- You must be in the game.
- Calling 911 may (or may not) work.
- You can hide or fight back.
- It’s your duty.
Regular readers might wonder — did I write that copy? Nope, though it sounds like what you’ve read repeatedly on this site, but in physical, not spiritual, terms.
When things go bump in the night, when it’s 3AM, when nobody is around, do you look to the church’s version of the 911 call — your pastor? Too many Christians fail when it really counts; we can tell by the bodies strewn about the frozen tundra (we call them causalities).
As Zig Ziglar says, do you respond or react?
Suppose you go to the doctor, and for a condition he prescribes medicine. Naturally, he’ll schedule a follow-up visit to see how you’re doing.
Then he looks at the chart, and says your body is responding to the medicine. Sounds good, right? But maybe he looks at the results and says you’re reacting to the treatment. Quite a different image.
When it’s 3AM, do you respond, or react? The well-trained and equipped soldier of God responds, while the pew-warmer reacts (panics).
Which group do you want to be in?
It matters not if we’re discussing personal defense or your Christian life. Looking for someone to bail you out of a tough spot was never a realistic option. You can fold, or fight back. Either way, it’s something you must do, not wait for someone else. It’s time to get in the game.
Your life, your choice.
No matter your choice, reality doesn’t change just because you don’t like it; never forget John Loeffler’s words “your failure to be informed does not make me a wacko.”
… because the clock still reads 2:59AM.