Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Do unto others

I was at an event recently. It was a very Christian event, with hand-raising, and resounding Amens. People knew the words of the songs and the praying was suitably line-toeing.

I found out later that some of the most fervent hand-raisers were shunning a family member who, in their eyes, had sinned. I am still trying to find the bit in the Bible where Christ says, 'Judge others and have nothing to do with those you find wanting.'

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Ros and Glenn have been part of Zac's for a couple of years now. they came over from Australia and have played an important part in the development of all that Zac's is. Sadly, they've now decided that the time is right to go back to Australia. Glenn leaves next week; Ros and the children fly out later. Last night was Glenn's final Bible study evening in Zac's.

Gerry, the in-house drunk, was there as usual. At least he was partly there, in both mind and body. He wandered in every so often, abused someone or another and wandered out again. (He did that walk. You know the one. Standing legs akimbo, his body slightly tilted forward, arms at the side like a gun-slinger ready to draw. He focused on the door and slowly took one step, then another. Then a few hurried steps before the door got away from him.)

At the end of the study, Sean prayed as usual and then Gerry asked if he could pray. Everyone looked at him, and then at Sean, waiting for his response. 'Yes, of course you can, Gerry.'

I can't tell you exactly what Gerry prayed; the words blurred with emotion. I only know it was an incredible tribute to Glenn and a fantastically moving recognition of the work done by Glenn and Sean and the others in reaching out and loving the unlovely. Ros, who was sitting next to me, was in floods; Glenn was struggling to control his bottom lip. I - the renowned hard-hearted non-crier - had tears trickling down my cheeks.

It was just one of those precious Zac's moments.


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

"Do unto others" is something I believe in.

leslie said...

I know what you mean about so-called Christians judging others. There is too much of that everywhere.

What a wonderful evening that must have been. I'd have been sobbing, too.

Dragonstar said...

That family must feel so secure in their righteousness. It has nothing to do with true Christianity.
Now your second story has everything to do with true Christianity!

mutleythedog said...

I wonder why I am not invited to things like that....

jmb said...

You just never can tell what is getting through can you? What a wonderful moment for that couple.

MissKris said...

Is this what you were looking for?
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

Matthew 7: 1-5

That's one, or Dear Hubby thought it might be this one:

"I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters, for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is call a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?"

I Cor: 5-12

If you ask me, either one is appropriate. And two of the hardest things for humans to do. That, and to love their neighbors.


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