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Do You Look The Other Way?

Posted on: 7-15-112016

This is a story I read recently that really spoke volumes to me.

A pastor transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning’s service.  He walked around his soon to be church f0r 30 minutes while it was filling with people for the service.  Only 3 people said hello to him, most looked the other way.  He asked people for change to buy food because he was hungry.  Not one gave him anything.  He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church, and was told by the ushers that he would need to get up and go to the back of the church.  He said hello to people as they walked in but was greeted with cold stares and dirty looks from people looking down on him and judging him.  He sat in the back of the church and listened to the announcements for the week.  He listened as new visitors were welcomed into the church but no one acknowledged him.  He watched people continue to stare at him with a look that said you are not welcome here.  The elders went to the podium to announce the new pastor.  The congregation stood up and looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.  The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle.  That is when all the clapping stopped and the church was silent.  With all eyes on him…he walked up to the altar and reached for the microphone.  He stood there for a moment and then recited a verse from the Bible…

“then the King will say to those who are on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…”

After he recited this, he told them he did not see a church of Jesus that day.  He said there were enough people in the world who looked the other way.  He said what the world needed was people who would be true disciples of Christ.  With that, he dismissed the service until the following week.  His sermon had been given and it spoke volumes.

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