Tuesday, 17 January 2012

We Call Them People

I had a most interesting day today.  I am currently working for the week on a furniture job in The Big Apple, New York City!  This evening we needed to do a service call to the re-opening 40/40 Club.  Now if you don't know anything about the 40/40 Club then I shall tell you a bit.  It is owned by Jay Z, the famous rapper, and the red carpet opening ceremony is tomorrow!  So here we were, quickly working and taking in the most incredible sight of the 4 million dollar building.  I was impressed and in awe by the massive TV`s, marble counter top, and just ridiculousness of the building.  I think I even got to see Jay Z.

But then, on the way back to our motel, we were waiting in a New Jersey train station and I was sitting beside another man.  He was homeless, sickly and reeked of urine and bad personal hygiene.  He was wearing hospital pants and both his feet were wrapped up in bandages.  But he was praying, aloud.  Then he pulled out his Bible and started reading, aloud.  I was eating some Reese`s Pieces (my favorite) and he told me that I should thank God for them because if I don`t thank God for them then I`m actually praising the devil (I`m not exactly sure what he all said, but he was definitely a Christian and definitely more bold then me.  But to tell the honest truth, I wanted to get up and move to another seat.  The smell was terrible, it was making me gag, and I caught myself, not once but twice pulling my coat away from the guy to make sure it didn't touch his filthy clothes.

I am horrible.

I know that I didn't do what Jesus not only asked but really commanded of me.  "I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." (Matt. 25:45)

All this to say; people really are all equal, Jay Z, Jason Shantz, and the nameless Brother in the New Jersey train station.  

We wrongly put some people on pedestals and others in the gutter.  Yes, we call them people, but God calls them souls.