Friday, January 25, 2008

JUDGMENT: The problem with throwing darts!

"But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God."
Romans 14:10
Sally, a grad student, had one teacher who was known for elaborate object lessons. She relates an experience from one of his classes.

One day the students knew they were in for fun day. On the wall was a large target; on a nearby table was a supply of darts.

The instructor told the students to draw a picture of someone they disliked or made them angry. They would be allowed to throw darts at the picture.

Sally's friend drew a picture of a girl who stole her boyfriend. Another friend, drew a picture of his little brother. Sally drew a picture of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into the drawing.

The class lined up and took turns throwing darts. There was a lot of laughter. Some threw their darts with great force and emotion.

Sadly, because of time limits, Sally did not get her turn. She returned to her seat disappointed. She was now angry with her teacher and wished she could throw darts at him.

The instructor waited until everyone was seated before taking down the bull’s-eye. A hush fell over the room as a mangled picture of Jesus was revealed – holes and jagged marks covered His face, His eyes were almost eradicated.

The teacher said quietly, “to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” No other words were necessary.

I don’t have anything to add to this illustration … I’m not certain it’s true or from the Chicken Soup series, but that makes no difference, its message is profound.

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