Edit – Apparently, as you can see from all of the comments below – that this has hit a big nerve for some people. I am not sure what is up here. I pulled the story from the Facebook post of a friend, mainly because the story struck a chord with me – after my experience a couple days ago (Please see the original posting – What if God was One of Us)… I changed the picture because people had a problem with me using the picture I had with it – having not given credit to the original photographer – I don’t know who took the picture I am using now either – but know that I did not take it.
There also seems to be a big problem with the story itself. It is a story – meant to make you think. True? Made up? I don’t know for sure..so, I will also change his name – as if that would matter. A clergyman has commented below that he was taught this story in seminary school. Still doesn’t mean it’s true. Also doesn’t mean it isn’t.
I wondered as I read the influx of comments to my email – is it that everyone truly has a problem with the credits for the picture, the factuality of the story or the trickery supposedly involved…or does it just hit too close to home?
I appreciate the message that is the moral of the story. I believe it is very simple…practice what you preach. As I stated in a reply to the comments below- I don’t believe that a grasshopper really put off stocking up for the winter only to ask the ant if he could have a nibble. I don’t believe in talking grasshoppers or ants. I do believe in God and that this is a story- whether truth or fiction – that makes you think – as it should. ~~~ A.C.
Pastor John Smith transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service….only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food….NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation……..”We would like to introduce to you Pastor Joe Smith”….The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation…..The homeless man sitting in the back stood up…..and started walking down the aisle…..the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him….he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment….then he recited
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning…many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame…. he then said….Today I see a gathering of people……not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples…when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week…….Being a Christian is more than something you claim. I’ts something you live by and share with others.