“If you love those who love you, what reward will
you get?” (Matt. 5:46)
was a cold winters day that Sunday. As the freezing wind was blowing through, the
parking lot of the church was filling up quickly. Many devoted church members got out of their cars and greeted each other as they walked into the church.
As they got
closer they saw
a man leaning up against the wall under the eave, outside the church. He was almost lying
down as if he were asleep. He was wearing a long trench coat that was almost
in shreds and a hat on top of his head. He pulled it down so you could not
see his face. He wore shoes too small for his feet, with holes all over them
that looked so
old, that his toes stuck out.
Everyone passed him
by assuming this man was homeless, and asleep, so
walked on by through the doors of the church. The devotees were caught up in the moment before worship and fellowshipped
for a few minutes, and then someone brought the man that was lying outside
the church. People sniggered
and gossiped about the homeless
person, but no one bothered to greet him or ask him to come on in.
A few moments later,
the church service began. After the
rituals of singing and praying, everyone waited for the preacher to take his place and give the message. Then the door of the
church suddenly was opened.
In came the homeless man walking down the aisle with his head down. People
gasped and whispered and made faces. Before someone could stop him, the stranger made
his way down the aisle and up onto the pulpit. He took off his hat and coat. Everyone’s heart sank. There stood the preacher; he was the
"homeless man." No one said a word. The whole building was so quiet, even a pin drop could be heard. The
preacher took out his Bible and laid it on his stand. He began to say: "Folks,
I don't think I have to tell you what I am preaching about today. You should get the message already. If
you judge people, you have no time to love them."
we quickly judge people by stereotyping others based on our perspectives?
When we observe others behaviors with a judgmental heart, do we think about
Christ’s unselfish love? If so called Christian Churches,
we cannot accept those who are neglected by the world, where they can go to