I am a real story song kind of guy! When I was traveling back from Nashville after a very cool session with great musicians and a great studio, I was feeling real proud of my accomplishment and sure that my new quiver of songs would hit the mark and I would end my cycle of endless near misses and “almost made its”.
As I sat in the concourse at The Nashville International Airport I found myself sitting next to a man who was very poorly dressed, unshaved, unshowered, and basically looked like a bum. He had crutches from a knee injury. It was a crowded place with people sitting on the floor and standing, so I was glad I had a seat in spite of the fact that I had to sit next to him. He began to strike up a conversation with me and I humored him even though I would have preferred to be sitting alone and basking in my own sense of self worth.
In our one way conversation I was surprised and ashamed to learn that he was returning from the mission field after being in Africa for a year! I suddenly felt like a judgmental pharisee, or as anyone else would say, a self righteous bigot! Here, I thought I was the one God had called to bring his message to the world through my
songs, and suddenly I found myself judging a man who really was bringing that message to the world in a tangible way! God forgive me!
“The Bum” is not completely true in detail, but the lesson I took away from this encounter is. We are to love all people, not based on who they are, but based on who Jesus is. If the man truly was a “bum” should I have loved him any less?
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