And Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead." (Matt 8:22)
In the 1999 movie "The Sixth Sense" a young boy confides to a child psychologist (who is himself ironically dead and doesn't yet know it) that he sees dead people. He adds that the dead are "walking around like regular people. They don't see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don't know they're dead."
From the mouth of babes. How scriptural. I'm sure the scriptwriter had no idea that he was penning actual truth. The Bible affirms that prior to our regeneration in Christ at the moment of justification, we are spiritually dead (in sin) with physical death inevitable. Thus, I do in fact, see dead people walking around like regular people that only see what they want to see, and that don't know they are dead. And I see them all the time, everyday and everywhere. They are oblivious to reality.
Christians tend to get upset and frustrated at dead people who don't know they are dead and act precisely like they are dead. We often foolishly focus primarily on trying to alter their deadly habits instead of raising them from the dead with the power of the gospel. Physical intervention may be an appropriate immediate response but it should not be the prime focus. If we saw someone attempting suicide, of course we should physically try to prevent it - but we must also seek to intervene at the core cause of whatever prompted his desperate action. Otherwise, even a successful physical intervention is only a stopgap measure to their eventual successful suicide.
While I'm hopeful the newly-elected American administration will put the brakes on our dizzying descent into paganism, I'm also realistic and understand that physical action and restraint is ultimately nothing more than a pain reliever and band-aid ....... temporary relief at best.
The only true hope is the new life that Jesus revealed to Nicodemus in the gospel of John.