One of the things I love about jet lag is that I, who am not naturally a morning person, wake up bright and early. Thus I found myself wide awake at...
June 20, 2014
Elementary my dear Watson!
October 24, 2014
I am a big fan of the new series Elementary, based on the Sherlock Holmes novels. I was watching an episode recently when Sherlock remarked, "Nobody is all good or all bad Watson". It reminded me of the verse in the scriptures where Paul laments, "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." There is a struggle with in each of us to embrace goodness and reject selfishness.
This was never more apparent than on Bangla Road last week as we stood in front of one of the biggest bars visiting with a man who makes his living advertising the various sex shows available in the bar. As he shared with us his desire to move back to his home town, a young women sidled up to him and and exchange was made. She handed him a box and he gave her money. My friend and I looked questioningly at him and he showed us his purchase. We laughed as he revealed his clandestine purchase was a bar of whitening soap. He then went on to tell us that the reason he bought the expensive soap from her was that he wanted to help her make a new life for herself. You see just a short time before this young lady was one of the women for sale in the bar across the street. There was a struggle taking place in this man's heart. He knew that the lives of the women who worked in the bars were very difficult. So even as he was participating in the industry that viewed women as objects to be sold each night, he was trying to make it possible for one of those women to find freedom.
We could have told him how bad he was to participate in this industry, but instead we chose to affirm the good! He blushed as we told him how we thought it was such a good thing that he was doing for her. I believe that calling out that goodness and encouraging those actions will do much more than condemnation. This "bad" man acted out of kindness and compassion toward someone less fortunate than himself. So the struggle continues, and we struggle with him, not with judgement and condemnation, but with patience and understanding. Lovingly drawing him into the Kingdom of God!