I might not find favor with many people after writing this blog post, but it hit me this weekend that as a society, we don’t offer help and grace to others. I am going to narrow it down even more….there are a lot of “Christians” that don’t offer grace. Let me tell you a story:
I was walking this weekend out in public (I will blog later about my weekend), while I was walking I tripped and almost fell down. A hand grabbed mine, that of a stranger and when I looked over I was face to face with a young man (probably in his 20’s) and his “partner.” The young man who grabbed my hand was black and his partner was white….if you haven’t guessed they were gay. When I looked into this young man’s eyes though, I could tell he didn’t see a middle-aged heterosexual white woman. He saw a human being. He saw someone in need and the color of my skin, my sexual orientation, my religious preference or my political affiliation didn’t matter to him. ALL he saw was a lady that almost fell down and he didn’t want me to get hurt. I wish I could repeat word for word what he said but it was something like “oh sweetie, I wasn’t going to let you fall….I had you. You weren’t going to get hurt on my watch. I would kick him (talking about his male partner) to the curb to catch you.” I then thanked him profusely (a little embarrassed, but grateful) and walked away. Last night as I was trying to go to sleep both of their faces kept flashing through my mind and I thought…..how many times in the past have I judged someone based on the color of their skin, sexual orientation, religious or even political preferences? Would I have reached out to help someone….would I have extended grace? Would I have let my judgements get in the way of being that person that could help someone out?
I think so many times we judge people based on their appearance and we don’t take time to see they are the same as us. Some of the sweetest, kindest most giving people I know are covered in tattoos. They shouldn’t be treated differently because they have tattoos. Judgements shouldn’t be made about them because of the art on their body. I am a staunch conservative and I have made no qualms about that…..but because of that I don’t “hate” all liberals. In fact, I hope and pray that I would be just as sweet, kind and compassionate to a liberal as I would be to another conservative. Do I have the right to turn my back on others in need because they are an atheist? No! In fact, in my opinion those are the people we should love the most…..we might be the only Jesus they might ever see.
As a Christian, I should hold myself accountable to do my very best to see others as Christ does. I can guarantee that when the Lord looks at the world of people HE created He doesn’t see anything but people. He doesn’t pick and choose who He loves. The Bible says in John 3:16, For God so loved THE WORLD that He gave His only begotten son that WHOSOEVER believes in Him, should not perish but have eternal life. I am a firm believer that He loves us all; but hates our sin. Let’s face it, we all sin but that is where God’s grace covers us. Shouldn’t we extend help and grace to others? Granted, we would never be able to extend the kind of grace that God does, but we should try.
It just really hit me this weekend when that young man “caught me” from falling. He wanted to help me. There was nothing for him to gain by helping me; but he did it anyway. He didn’t let this world and opinions of this world get in the way of him doing the right thing. He could have kept walking and no one would have blamed him, but he didn’t. He stopped, helped and extended grace to me…..a complete stranger who probably at one time or another had judged someone just like him. Shame on me! Very thankful for the people God puts in our path to remind us that we are ALL His children and no matter what our differences, we should always try to extend help and grace to those in need.
Until next time……