So there was this church next to an apartment complex that held Bible classes on Wednesday nights. One Wednesday night while the class was in session, a fire broke out in the apartment complex and a lady in an upper room could be seen dangling her baby out the window in hopes someone below would catch it and save it from the flames. One of the students in the class sitting by the window facing the apartments, a guy in a wheelchair, saw the fire and yelled out to his classmates, “There is a baby hanging out the window of that burning building! Someone save it!”
But just then, rather than heeding the alarm, the teacher facilitated a discussion of appropriate and effective EMS and Fire Department responses. A dozen able-bodied classmates and a teacher analyzed options such as activating 911 and letting the professionals deal with it. Then for 15 minutes, the class discussed how foolish it would be to run into the burning building to search for survivors. One person noted that if the mother dropped the baby and the person waiting to catch it missed, then the child might suffer broken bones, possible paralysis, and maybe even death – and then the one attempting to catch the child might be sued. Then another student analyzed the “savior complex” such a person has, which really is a self-serving personality defect.
The classmate in the wheelchair looking out the window kept urging the students and the teacher to shut up with all the pointless talk and go do something. However his efforts went unheeded, and he became frustrated. He repeated his alarm numerous times, each time more shrill than the last, and still no response.
At some point, the shrill alarm and frustration of the man’s voice began to upset some of the students who asked the teacher to make him stop so they could quietly and peacefully discuss proper EMS and Fire Department procedures. The man looking out the window refused to shut up though. He shouted at his classmates in their complacency while they continued their discussion.
After twenty minutes, the class time came to an end, and all the students and the teacher packed up to leave. On the way out, they saw the fire department cleaning up the mess, and a white sheet covering a small lifeless body on the ground near the burned out building.
You, dear reader, please judge now.
Who is the idiot here? The classmates and teacher who refuse to deal with reality? Or the man in the wheelchair witnessing the fire for belonging to a group like this in the first place?
(Mark 12:12 and Luke 20:19)