Itís another Wednesday evening and I am making my way to the evening service. I am sitting at the back seat on the lower deck of bus 140 that heads to Heathrow. It is the usual rush hour commotion; with students, children and adults heading home. A young Caucasian lady is sitting beside me. She has her legs spread on to the opposite seat although there are a few people standing. She is chewing gum and listening to very loud music that blasts through her head phones.
As we approach South Harrow Station, a few people alight and another group gets on board. A frail and elderly Asian- lady makes her way to the back. She looks over to the empty seat which the young teenager has placed her feet, she then quickly looks around and she begins to walk away. As I rise to give her a seat, a young man motions me to sit down and quickly jumps to his feet and ushers the lady across. Now all eyes turn to the young girl. She takes off her head phones and angrily swears at the young man but as she does this, she removes her feet and the lady quickly slides into the seat. The young man humbly sits next to the lady. She calls him some nasty names. There is not a single sound from the passengers as we all look at her, some in shame and others with pity. She puts back her head phones and everyone else goes back to their books, newspapers etc.
Sadly, we have become so much accustomed to inappropriate behaviour, disrespect for the elderly and vile use of language in public. Our journey continues in silence and my thoughts pounder on Matthew 24:12 (NKJV) 12†and because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. It is very easy to begin to define the young girlís moral conduct or the lack of it. We might try to look into her family background and upbringing; perhaps there are some answers but these are the days that we live in. The love of many has grown cold and as a result, there are more vices than virtues in our lives. We have very many angry people walking around and because they lack the love of Christ in them, they delight in causing embarrassment, mockery and injury to other people. Nobody dared to question that girl, were we afraid of her acid-tongued mouth? Would our intervention have made any difference? She not only injured that young manís feelings also disrespected an elderly citizen who had done her no harm.
There are off course many youths out there who are not only polite but respectful, gentle and kind. It is time to stand in the gap on behalf of our family, friends and neighbours and pray for their salvation. There is still hope in Him Jesus Christ that He can deliver and set them free. Our lives are beyond perfect and we are all sinners but if we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour and receive the Holy Spirit, He will fill our lives with love. We shall reach out to our enemies with the love of Christ, we shall go far and beyond to help those in need and show love to many whose hearts have grown cold.
That young girl needs Jesus and it is my prayer that she will know Him someday.