Choosing to Suffer

Comments (5)
  1. Mark Mollenkof says:

    I hope that while you were absorbing the scene someone else was calling the police. I agree that we shouldn’t look away from suffering and should even be willing to share in suffering. Jesus certainly shared in our suffering but I would like to believe that he would have tried to stop the violence he was witnessing.

  2. George Canady says:

    Pastor Smith,

    “I wanted to run over and stop the incident. But before I could process what was happening,”… Are you saying it happen so quick you had no time to speak or do? Or are you saying you were in the process of considering the cost? It seems to me you had already “process” enough to know to “stop the incident”. I think you have exposed the real problem for of us;…. the cost.

    Praying for us now.

  3. AJ Smith says:


    Thanks for the response. Your words are much appreciated.


  4. I’ve thought a lot about this subject recently. Americans live in a unique time and place. So far removed from poverty and suffering, even news segments about the third world feel almost fictional.

    I appreciate that you’ve not only brought this to our attention but that you’ve also called on readers to look for suffering.

    Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Mt 25:34-40)

    1. George Canady says:

      hello Jeremy,

      You must be talking mostly about white Americans “So far removed from poverty and suffering,”. I encourage you to check out “Slavery By Another Name: A Review of ‘13th’” today on TGC. If your definition of ” Americans” who “live in a unique time and place” include black inner city Chicago, you won’t have to “look for suffering”. If you mean that most whites remove themselves on purpose because we can, then I agree with you.

      Praying for us now.

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