二○一八年五月二十六日／五月二十七日 Click here for English version
我們華人的傳統思想，多少都傾向「各家自掃門前雪，莫管他人瓦上霜」。香港社會貧富懸殊的現象，多年來並無改善；教育住屋與醫療退保等問題，至今仍在爭論不休，並無解決方案，甚至不斷惡化。然而，我們豈能無奈接受「因為不法的事增加，許多人的愛心就冷淡了」（太二十四 12，新譯本）的局面呢？雖然今天我們的生活困苦，眾人怨聲載道，但基督徒仍應遵循聖經的教導，培養「好憐憫、與神同行」的心腸（參彌六 8）；並且憑著信心，將「施比受更為有福」（徒二十 35）的行動展現出來！
聖經明言，神憐憫我們的恩典，是出於祂的愛；蒙恩的群體，是憑著基督耶穌再造之恩，行出各樣神喜悅的善事（弗二 4-10）。因此，我們要留意個人內心的意念，有否因基督救恩的愛而帶來生命的改變？能否憑著信心接受基督的差遣，向自己的鄰舍朋友傳送關懷與祝福？周佩珊同學被喻為脊髓肌肉萎縮症家庭的使者，她在去年 10 月到特首辦公室向行政長官請願，冀盼政府引入藥物，讓本港的患者可以接受新藥治療。雖然她知道自己隨時會因病離世，但心中卻有使命要為其他病友帶來存活的機會。直到今年3月初，政府終於和藥廠達成協議，成功將新藥引入本港，為脊髓肌肉萎縮症的病人帶來喜訊。佩珊全身只有右手食指及姆指可以活動，但她仍努力不懈花了四個多月時間寫成建議書。是次請願的行動，有力地為冷淡乏力的生命帶來激勵，我們實在值得向她表示敬佩。
在過去的日子，北宣家有不同類型的使命小組、家庭服務中心的義工單位、每年在港外遠近區域服事的短宣小隊，他們學習「以神的愛燃點生命」。讓我們認定基督憐愛生命的向度，回應福音使命的託付。雖然有時我們的憐愛心思與行動，表面上看似微不足道，但我們這些蒙神憐憫恩典的作為，卻可以成為教會回應基督差遣的動力。「父親怎樣憐恤兒子，耶和華也照樣憐恤敬畏他的人；因為他知道我們的本體，記得我們不過是塵土。」（詩一○三 13-14）因此，在軟弱缺欠的生命裡，神仍有用得著你我的地方。願我們不會忘記主耶穌說過的話：「憐憫人的人有福了，因為他們必蒙憐憫。」（太五 7）「你去，照樣作吧！」（路十37）
Mercy, Love and Action
Rev Samuel Tam
Under the traditional Chinese mentality, people tend to mind exclusively their own business. In Hong Kong, the perennial problem of wealth gap has not eased. Arguments over education, housing and medical insurance seem endless, or may even be aggravating. “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). But should we leave it like that? Although many around us are having a difficult time and no end is in sight for people’s woes and groaning, Christians should still endeavor to observe the biblical teaching “to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). By faith, we should put into practice the teaching “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
The Bible explicitly tells us that God’s mercy on us stems from His love. By the redeeming grace of Christ, the community of grace engages in good works (Ephesians 2:4-10). Then, we should reflect deep within ourselves: Have our lives been changed because of God’s grace expressed in Christ Jesus? Can we, by faith, accept the sending of Christ to convey care and blessings to our friends and neighbors? Remember Josy Chow, the ambassador of the patients of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and families, who petitioned the Chief Executive’s Office last October? She sought the introduction of a new drug into Hong Kong to treat the SMA disease. She knew that her death could be imminent. But still, she felt obliged to seek a chance of survival for other patients suffering from the same disease. In March this year, the government reached agreement with a drug manufacturer to bring a new drug into the city, which is very good news for SMA patients. Imagine this patient, whose only movements were restricted to her right index finger and thumb, spending more than four months to complete a proposal for her petition. Her petition brought great encouragement to lives that are cheerless and powerless. She deserves our honor and respect.
In the past years, our NPAC Family has formed various mission groups. The Family Service Center has its own volunteer groups, and Short-term Mission teams have served in overseas places near to or far away from Hong Kong. They learn to ignite lives with the love of God. The Lord Jesus has compassion for, and loves, life. Let us establish and proceed in that direction, and respond to the call of the gospel mission. On the surface, mercy and love and their ensuing action may seem insignificant, but it is what we do as a result of God’s mercy and grace for us. This becomes the church’s motivation to respond to Christ’s sending. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:13-14). Therefore, however weak and inadequate we may be, God can still use us. Let us not forget what the Lord Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7).“Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37).