Filmmaker Richard Rossi and his son were coming home from a Clippers basketball game in Los Angeles. On their way back through the metro station, they witnessed an act of kindness that stunned everyone.
A homeless man was onboard the Red Line talking to himself and disturbing the riders. A young black man enters the train on the Hollywood and Highland stop with his girlfriend. The homeless man starts slandering the couple with the N-word. Chanting the racial slur over and over.
The black man gets up and just as bystanders think a confrontation is going to happen the unthinkable happens. The man reached into his pocket and gave the homeless man a bag of raisins. Then he opened his wallet, spoke lovingly to the homeless man and gave him money. The homeless gentlemen stood there in silence. This act of generosity clearly blanketed him with peace.
Matthew 5:38-40 tells us, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.”
An example of real love and compassion showed by this stranger. What would Christ do? We must ask ourselves these tough questions in the middle of hard situations like these. The love of God must always permeate a believer in the midst of the most difficult circumstances. Commenters like Kelly Tabor Cromer on Facebook reacted, “What a privilege to get to witness this scene! What a beautiful picture that parallels God’s unconditional love for all people in this world we call home…” Scott Bradley Sayre wrote “Faith in humanity is proved in small deeds like this. And in noticing them. God Bless!” and David Cripps finished with “Love wins again❣️.”