The cynic surely believes this lady is feeding her urge for 15 minutes of fame or seeking an outlet for her social ideology. The tenderhearted finds it cruel and unfeeling. The overweight likely are offended. The objective observer still must be shaking his or her head in disbelief. The Fargo, North Dakota, woman, who identifies herself only as Cheryl set off a firestorm when she called in to a local radio station declaring she was going to give those she deemed overweight children an “obese letter” in addition to candy this upcoming Halloween (Fox News Story). We’ll see if she has the courage to go through with it, what with a national spotlight and all. But, there is no doubt how she feels.
Are there some people to whom you would not give food or candy because of their size. That seems unfair and pretty prejudiced behaviour, doesn’t it? How cold and unfeeling does one have to be to be so arbitrary and callous?
But, do we ever do that in other ways? As Christians, are we ever selective? Do we ever discriminate in our evangelism, benevolence, fellowship, or other outreach? Do we ever judge based on their skin color or ethnicity, their present morality or lack thereof, their seeming scamming or dishonesty as they hold the sign at the traffic light, or their plain clothes or less hygienic appearance even in our own assemblies?
At first, I thought this lady’s behavior incredulous. Actually, I still do. But, I am also filled with a conviction to do some introspection. Do I do what she’s doing, but in different ways? I shouldn’t. After all, Paul writes that we should “not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly” (Rom. 12:16). That’s what Jesus did, and the Pharisees and scribes judged Him for it (Luke 15:2). James warns us not to have an attitude of personal favoritism because making distinctions between people makes us judges with evil motives (Jas. 2:1-5). Isn’t that the heart of the matter, right there? We are not judges but servants. Our motivation is supplied to us by the Savior, and that is to save souls (cf. Jude 23). Whose souls? Who’s ever we can!