The news was awash with another scandal recently. In British Columbia, a popular high school teacher was suspended for duct taping shut four student’s mouths. In four separate situations, students aged 14-18 were talking loudly and were given a choice by the teacher: go the principal’s office or take this tape and put it across your mouth. In each case the student chose to tape his/her own mouth shut rather than trudge down the hall. I would imagine that the other student would think that was funny – I know I would.
But the higher ups didn’t, and now she is being disciplined. Social media was outraged with many commenters’ wondering what recourse teacher’s have now-a-days. The tape while perhaps not super-appropriate was creative none-the-less. But the bigger issue was the behaviour of students and the red tape that ties teacher’s hands from discipline. There is becoming a wider and wider gap between actions and consequences for young people and much of the older generation is very concerned what this means for the future of our society.
Taking responsibility seems to becoming a thing of the past.
Boas on the other hand was not only a gentleman in the way he spoke to others, but one who a very real sense of responsibly. Once his servants identified the strange beauty in the barley fields, the Bible records for us the next tidbit of conversation.
“Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:
Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.” Ruth 2:8-9
This was the time period of the judges, and things were exactly safe for a single woman, so Boaz assumed the responsibility of her protector.
He told the single young men on the prowl that they were not to mess with her, and gave her the go ahead to raid from the company fridge.
Now some sceptics might charge that the only reason Boaz was being so kind was for manipulative purposes, but later on we see Ruth leading the charge in their marriage, not Boaz.
I believe that Boaz had a an overriding sense of what was right; that his morals and ethics were high.
James puts it this way. “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17
This in essence is the conscience screaming, “I have to do something about the situation”
So many people find it very easy to complain about injustices, wrongs and things that need to be done, but how many are actually doing something about it?
Friends, next time we see something that needs done, instead of murmuring about it, let’s do it.