When joining a fraternity or sorority in college, there is often a required "hazing" for new recruits. This usually involves "pie-in-the-face" type pranks but in some cases, has evolved into very dangerous activities or at the very least, extreme humiliation.
This can happen when you become part of a team in sports. It can even happen at a new job. Others feel the need to "prank"or humiliate the new person because that is what happened to them when they arrived.
PASSING IT ON!
The thinking is that if I went through that when I was new - so must you! Why should you escape the pain and humiliation I felt? It's your turn now!
But the Jesus way is always different isn't it?
Jesus would have us to look at any suffering we endured and decide to NOT PASS IT ON!
Instead of mocking the new person, we should make them comfortable, going the second mile to make sure they don't feel the same pain or humiliation we felt.
Instead of deriving pleasure from knowing that now I am the person who is comfortable and accepted, and someone else is the person who is feeling awkward, we ought to place our arms around them to alleviate that discomfort.
Many seem to bask in the comfort of knowing that others suffer!
But DON'T PASS IT ON!
Put an end to some of the misery in the world and be the one who stops the vicious cycle!
Amen Pastor Larry !ReplyDelete