In the 1984 film Footloose, Kevin Bacon plays Ren, a city boy from Chicago who is forced to move to Utah following his mother’s divorce and re-marriage. Labeled a trouble maker by the church and community leaders, Ren is targeted and kicked off his high school gymnastics team. After this ordeal, Ren begins to ask questions, trying to find out, “what’s their story?” Coming home from a date, Ren discovers the death of a pastor’s son inspired law makers to restrict the freedom of teenagers.
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven,” Luke 6:37.
From the outside looking in, its hard to get a feel for what’s going on inside the human soul. Events, family and surroundings influence who people become for the good and bad. Recently, I heard about a former high school student who denounced their faith. Some where along the way, academia, revisionist historians and secular humanism have encouraged this young man to abandon his relationship with God.
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye, Matthew 7:5.
Every day, someone or something is causing associates, co-workers and friends to behave in a certain manner. Thus, when an individual is depressed, erupts in anger or has an outburst, these variables come to surface in the form of emotions. Instead of taking things personally, the sooner a friend can discover the story behind one’s action, the quicker the healing process can begin. Therefore, don’t allow finger pointers to lead you to judge others. Rather, lean on God’s mercy to comprehend what’s their story.
by Jay Mankus