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Just before Easter 2013, the relatively new pope, Pope Francis, from Argentina, went to the prison. Not under felony charges, but under the charge of Christ. Popes usually ceremoniously wash the feet of the Cardinals. But this pope, Francis, washed the feet of prisoners: some who were atheists, others Jews, and yet others Muslims.
Later, he spoke of this to the crowds who were very curious. He told of how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. And how this turned the culture upside down. Students normally wash the feet of their teacher. Slaves, or children, usually wash the feet of guests. Jesus, God’s son, was the major guest on the planet. Yet he washed his followers’ feet.
The Pope’s actions were a major shot of humility heard around the world. Humility is the power of apostolic leaders. It is not about ego or fanfare. It is more about service.
John 12:13. Jesus rides into Jerusalem, not in a stretch limo, but on a young donkey. This is yet another demonstration of humility.
What do you think most un-churched people understand of those who are believing Christians? They look at Christians and say, “They think they are better than others. They think they are perfect.” What are they really saying? “Those Christians think they are better than me.” The result? Non-Christians suffer from the false belief, “I could never live up to their standards.”
“Where do they get that notion?” It is not from our foot-washing humility. It is more likely from a perception of arrogance. Most Christians would rebel at the thought. “We do not act arrogantly,” we would say. However, what most un-churched people hear from us is not, “can I wash your feet?”—or any other form of service and humility. They hear public pronouncements about improper behavior. They are pronouncements about immorality in movies, people who live together and are unmarried, homosexuals, and the like. They are pronouncements about “sinners”.
Of course Christians are offended by aberrations demonstrated in our secular culture. So is God! Of course we realize these actions do not fit with God’s best plan for life. However, by our pronouncements, we smear it in their faces-often with demeaning pointed fingers. We Christians are too often known for what we are against, rather than what—or Who—we are for. We pronounce judgments, point fingers and (most often unintentionally) communicate an appearance of arrogance.
We need to “ride more donkeys”, and “wash more feet”, and love more people into a relationship. It becomes a bridge for a relationship with the One who forgives us and lifts us from those behaviors that offend him.
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