While preaching one Sunday morning in the Church, I shared this story with the congregants: “A man went to church. He forgot to switch off and his phone rang during prayer. The pastor scolded him. The worshippers admonished him after prayers for interrupting the silence. His wife kept on lecturing him on his carelessness all the way home. One could see the shame, embarrassment and humiliation on his face. And that evening, he went to a bar. He was still nervous and trembling. He spilled his drink on the table by accident. The waiter apologized and gave him a napkin to clean himself. The janitor mopped the floor. The female manager offered him a complimentary drink. She also gave him a huge hug and a peck while saying, ‘Don’t worry man. Who doesn’t make mistakes?’”
After the story then came a question, I asked them, Between the Pastor, the congregants, the man’s wife, the waiter and the manager who is a Christian? There was a silent in the church for a while before I began to see hands in the air “The members of the Church”, “the man’s wife” “all those that were in the church” they began to answer. It became much more interesting when one of the youth member said “the waiter and the bar manager”, one of the elders of the church then looked at him with the kind of look that you will know he has a question to ask. After much responses, I asked them each to tell the church why they feel the person(s) they mentioned is the Christian. “the Pastor is the christian because he wanted the man to know what he did was wrong”, “the congregants because they warned him so that next time when he is to enter the church he will remember to off his phone”, “no, it was his wife, she really must have felt bad that it was her husband that interrupted their prayers”. “it was not any of those with him in the church but the waiter and the manager, although their business is bad, but they showed kindness, and they treated him nicely” were some of the responses I had that Sunday.
After all the comments, I didn’t respond to their responses but completed the story, that after his wife lectured him, the warning by the congregants and word of caution by the pastor, that man never again set his feet in to that church. And after the “treatment” he received from the waiter and the manager, he never again stopped going to that bar again.
Friends, what does this story tells you?
Do you know who is a Christian?
Please drop your own response here as we continue next week.
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Written by I. D. Amshi