“And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold…” Matthew 24:12
Nothing could be colder than ignoring a child that appears to be in distress:
One little girl was clutching her favourite toy while her younger sister was sucking her thumb – and both looked utterly lost and forlorn.
In a bygone era, a concerned adult might have stopped to ask them where their mother was. But in a damning indictment of modern Britain, hundreds of busy people simply walked on by.
The girls stood for an hour on a Saturday morning in a busy shopping arcade looking for ‘help’, as part of a social experiment for television.
Hidden cameras recorded Uma, seven, and Maya, five, who took it in turns to look lost.
Astonishingly, over the whole hour only one person, a grandmother, took a moment to find out if there was a problem. All of the 616 other passers-by completely ignored the girls.
I don’t care how the passersby rationalized it. Too busy? Fear of getting involved? Worried someone would question the motive? You would think the instinct to protect and help a child would be the most primal and strongest of all.
You would be wrong.
What have we become?
“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”
— Thomas Jefferson