Every now and then I come across something that's so compelling that my first reaction is "I wish I'd written that." The following post by Mike Foster is in that category... I wish I'd written this.
Last week The Tonight Show with Jay Leno played two video clips of people falling down. One was a cafeteria worker who slipped and fell hard on the floor. The next clip was of a beautiful supermodel who took a tumble on a fashion show catwalk.
Both were similar falls while at work. Both had lots of people looking on. Can you guess which one of them got help from others? Yep, the supermodel!!!
Not 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 but FIIIIIIIVVVVVEEEE (5) people helped her back up!!!! No big surprise right?
And how many helped the cafeteria worker? ZIP! NADA! NOBODY! The people just watched and then went back to eating. It was a funny comparison of how people respond to basically the same situation.
The problem is we do the very same thing when hand out grace. Too often our mercy is conditional and inconsistent. We are picky and choosy of who we help.
Dope smoker = Forgiven.
Crack whore = Judgment.
Porn watcher = Forgiven.
Porn maker = Judgment.
Straight extramarital sex = Forgiven.
Gay sex = Judgment.
People who have the same struggles as us = Forgiven.
People who have different struggles than us = Judgment.
You get my point. Grace doesn’t discriminate and a second chance should seek equality. (By the way, for those thinking I’m just throwing out the reality of consequences to our actions, I’m not. Don’t miss my point here.)
My hope is all of us can be a little more consistent when handing out a second chance.