Michael J Manacci

With every rising and setting of the sun, we as humans play our collective parts on the world stage in a production of the play we call “life.” We labor for hours on end to make sure our loved ones are provided for. We attend colleges or trade schools with the intention of seeking better employment opportunities along with a better life. When we aren’t on the clock, we invest our time and resources into hobbies and spending time with our loved ones. As we go about our endeavors in our towns and communities, there exists a widely seen and yet unknown to everyone populace.  Although these hurting souls are seen and passed by us daily, they might as well be social ghosts in the eyes of their communities. Every so often, the thought of “what could I have done in this scenario?” Luckily, seasoned journalist John Quinones hosts a show that answers just that quest, titled “What Would You Do?” 

Originally airing in 2008 as a segment on ABC World News Tonight, this candid camera-style show has not only been spun off into its own series but has won multiple awards, including a few Emmys. While each one of the scenarios is completely staged, the reactions of the surrounding public are purely unfiltered. In the minds of the public, they are witnessing injustice happening firsthand. For the most part, these staged situations deal with hot-button issues such as but not limited to food insecurity, disabled veterans, and the disabled trying to make a living. As far as my research goes, the American public, most of the time, will intervene on behalf of the bullied and will guard dog that person against whoever dares give them grief. 

As followers of Jesus, we are told from the time we were little to be the champion of the oppressed. In addition, we are called to serve beyond the church walls and be a shining beacon of hope, a city on the hill that cannot be hidden. Can it be intimidating at first? Absolutely. Should you be intimidated? No! Every day God sends people across our paths that we may or may not choose to help. The Bible tells us in Mark 12:28-31 

“One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that he had answered them well, asked him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?’ Jesus answered, “the foremost is this, “Hear o the lord our god is one lord, and you shall love the lord your god with all your heart, all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” there is no greater commandment than these. 

Mark 12:28-31

When we are called to serve in whatever area the Lord sends us, we will finally start being the actual church, for we will be doing our job of spreading the gospel through actions of love, not just mere words.