Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Caution – Course language used in this post may offend you.
Monday I began this dialogue with Olympics: Judge & Jury, continuing Tuesday with “Caution – We don’t know the whole story.”
We have one perspective.
There may be another.
The “dropout” whose pot-smoking parents never challenge him.
The “skeeze” whose dad did more hopping than Frogger.
The “gamer” whose parents never expected anything from him.
The “slut” whose dad, step-dad, 2nd step-dad, and mom’s before all left.
Another Side Of The Stories
The pot-smoking parents of the dropout were “letting him choose his path.”
The skeezy kid’s dad was “having a good time” and “helping him to grow into a man.”
The parents of the gamer tried and tried to inspire their son without success.
The dad, step-dad, 2nd step-dad, etc. all thought it was better to leave than fight all the time in front of her.
It’s heartbreaking to see people in pain.
It’s perplexing to hear of loved ones who hurt one another.
Most people try to help not hurt.
Most people look for solutions not problems.
Saul of Tarsus was a faithful Jew. I’ll let him explain, “I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law.” 1
He had “it.” He was a faith-filled, honorable religiously-pure Jewish man.
And, “Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers.” After his encounter with Jesus Christ Paul was dropped off, “immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is indeed the Son of God!’ ” 2
All who heard him were amazed. “Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?”
Saul’s preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn’t refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. After a while some of the Jews plotted together to kill him.
In fact, he explains, “I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.“
Why? “in order to please God.“
Saul, now known as Paul, wanted to do the right thing, for the right reasons. It was only after a life transforming personal encounter with Jesus Christ, that Saul realized how misguided he was. You can read about those events here. 3
Like Paul, God had bigger plans. Let’s choose to never judge others by our limited perspective. God may hate what’s happened, but have plans to somehow, someway bring some good out of the worst of situations.
This is my hope. This is mysilentscream.
1 – Philippians 3:5, NLT
2 – Philippians 3:6, NLT, CEV
3 – Acts 9