Eeww At The Zoo

Before you get good and in to this story, let me pre-warn you, this story is not for the person with a weak stomach. Now, that’s out of the way.
Once, while watching the apes at the zoo, there was this one ape, all by himself that kept eating boogers. I swear, I couldn’t make this up if I wanted to! He would pick one, examine it, eat it, and here’s the really gross part…throw it back up and eat it again! It was the nastiest thing I’ve ever seen. People were laughing, gagging, shrieking, and “eewwing”, either way, they just kept watching! Why do we do that?!
Maybe for the same reason we sit and watch a person fall into sin. We see people doing things we know they shouldn’t be doing, but instead of reaching out to them in love, we’ll talk about them behind their backs, or secretly judge them. Or maybe we’ll pray for them, but we’re too afraid to confront them because we don’t want to make them mad or get in their business. I know I’ve certainly been guilty of this. What’s more important, someone getting mad at us and possibly hurting our feelings? Or saving someone the agony of suffering the consequences of something that could’ve possibly been avoided?
I’m not talking about getting on to people or chastising them. I’m talking about going to them with love and, if it’s a fellow Christian, reminding them from whence they came. This is what the bible says in Galatians 6:1-2, Brothers and sisters, if someone in your group does something wrong, you who are spiritual should go to that person and gently help make him right again. But be careful, because you might be tempted to sin, too. By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ.
If the person is not a Christian, share a personal story with them about something that you’ve been through, and how Christ helped you. 2 Corinthians 1:4 says, God comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. Don’t be guilty of gawking, gasping and “eewwing” when someone falls into sin. Love them and pray for them. Remember what Christ has done for you.
The moral of this story is, it’s fine if you want to stand around and watch an ape eat it’s boogers. But don’t stand around and watch people fall into sin. Let’s be there for people! It’s what we’re supposed to do.

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