By now you have heard about the “Jayden K. Smith Hoax” that has “infected” (pardon the pun) Facebook. There was a widespread rumor that if you accepted a friend request from “Jayden K. Smith” that your Facebook account would be hacked and all sorts of horrible things would happen. This was all a lie! You can be friends with individuals named Jayden K. Smith and I truly feel sorry for who has been inflicted with this monikor.
However, I have been thinking about how these rumors and ostracism occurs quite often in American churches/congregations today. Will you allow me to give you a few examples? And I am going to use Jayden’s name as an example … SORRY!
- Perhaps Jayden shows up wearing dirty clothes, smelly clothes, “inappropriate” clothes, etc. Would he be welcome? Or would you be afraid that he might “infect” and “hack” your church and therefore he needed to be shunned?
- Perhaps Jayden shows up and he is obviously drunk and/or high? Would you allow him into the “Worship Center”?
- Perhaps Jayden shows up and he is with his homosexual partner? What if you even thought he might be homosexual? How would you respond?
- Perhaps Jayden shows up and he is with someone of a different ethnicity? And they have children? Where would you seat them?
- Perhaps Jayden shows up and he is homeless and/or with his probation officer and the only seat left is by the best tither in the church. Would you seat Jayden by Brother and Sister Big Bucks?
If I haven’t made you uncomfortable yet … let me go a step further because I am going to change Jayden’s name now. What if Jayden’s name was …
Judah K. Klein
Jamal K. Muhammad
Jung K. Kim
If you believe I have a legitimate point … please feel free to share. If you think I am pushing the envelope … please feel to comment below. If you think I am blowing smoke … consider these words …
Matthew 25:34-46 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.