Meeting A Crisis – Two Approaches, Two Outcomes

Posted by Larry Miller on June 12, 2012 under How | Read the First Comment

Two recent news stories concerning people in crisis shows the relative effectiveness of two strategies people use in dealing with emergency situations. The first story made national news, quite possibly because the bleeding hearts in the formerly mainstream media believed a man from Texas went too far in saving his daughter from being molested in a horse barn.

Police and witnesses seem to be agreement with his story that he was outside the barn and heard the four year old girl screaming. He ran inside and saw an acquaintance of his attacking the girl. Doing what any father who loved his family would do, he threw the man off his child and hit him several times. Unfortunately, for the would be rapist, he hit is head on something a little more solid than his skull and he died… something he most likely did not count on.

The second illustration comes from the tragic death of Jacqueline Gardner who was attacked in the hallway outside her apartment. Her live in boyfriend heard noises out in the hall and looked through the peep hole in the door. He saw a man choking her. Doing what any red blooded metrosexual man of today would do, he stayed in the apartment and called 911. By the time he got off the phone, the assailants were gone and Gardner lay dying of a gun shot wound near the door of her home. Then the police, who generally do a fine job, but cannot be everywhere at once, came around and took crime scene photographs.

There does not seem to be much criticism of the boyfriend, but, as can be expected, the head of the “Texas Civil Rights Project” questioned the use of excessive force in the “summary execution” of the Mexican attacker. We have to remember that these are the people who think a woman who has been raped and strangled is morally superior to one who saves her life by putting a hollow point or two in her would be attacker. While we cannot have people running around willy nilly killing each other, it serves no purpose to ruin the life of someone who finds himself in this kind of situation… as we see happening to George Zimmerman.

So how do these two men compare? The father saw his daughter in distress and he jumped in with immediate action. He did not know if the assailant had a weapon – a knife or gun – to defend himself. He saw a need and did what he needed to do to spare his daughter. He could have been killed, but his love for the girl was more important than his own safety. We don’t know who the man is because, as of this writing, the police have not released his name, but his actions showed that I Timothy 5:8 is about more than financial support where it says, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

The live in boyfriend, on the other hand, took the safe route. He probably figured he could get hurt or killed by stepping in to help the woman whose bed he shared. Like the progressives criticizing the Texan, he thought the government should come and fix the problem. Unfortunately, what he found was the truth in the saying that “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away”. The fact is, there are times when individuals have to step up and get involved when emergencies arise.

If he had the same mindset as the Texas father, he would have grabbed anything he could use as a weapon, preferably a firearm, as there were three attackers. Of course, he could have been hurt or killed, but when you love someone, you put their welfare above your own. On the other hand, there could have been three deceased attackers on the floor rather than Jacqueline Gardner. Sure some people would have raised a fuss about a racist response, as they are doing with Zimmerman, but the innocent woman would have been spared.

We are living in an increasingly callous and violent world. Neither of these men knew they would be forced into such a crisis as they prepared to face their day… but it came upon them. One was prepared and took action, one stood by and called for someone else to do the job. We need not live in fear as we go about our lives, Christians know that nothing comes upon them that is a surprise to our Creator. Yet, it is more then just about us. To fail to prepare for emergencies is to fail to consider that any of us may just be the answer to someone else’s time of need. As has been said many times before – it is never wrong to do the right thing.

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  • cogitatingduck said,

    Excellent contrast. What it comes down to literally is taking responsibility into one’s own hands. A fallen culture denies the need to make tough choices. We can skate on by or take the right path and make all the difference.

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