Through facebook, I came across an amazing story about a pastor of a church who dressed himself as a homeless man.
Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food – NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. “We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him. He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame. He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?”
He then dismissed service until next week.
This story took a whole new life with the different outlets of social media, but as with anything in our culture, we always have to look at the other side of the coin. In the few days of this story being passed around like wild fire, this uplifting and hope inspiring story brought out cynics of all kind, and of course the article was ripped apart and is now being looked at as a hoax- or just a parable at the least. Instead of taking the story for what it is, Jeremiah Steepek (real or not) is being damned for copyright infringement and lying to the public.
Who the fuck cares? Didn’t it give you yummy goosebumps when reading it? Not the goosebumps of, “ha ha, I knew those Christians are as greedy as the rest of us”, or “I would have definitely given that poor, helpless homeless man money if I were attending that church”- none of that crap. The kind of goosebumps that allow you to see the thing that you’re always trying so hard not to look at, but now that you’ve seen it, there is no way in hell you’re able to turn the other way, and you have to do something. Those life changing goosebumps.
You’re not going to quit your job and move to a third-world country and help people that you don’t know (some might, but those are the ones that have a connection to that kind of service, most likely that’s not you, and that’s ok), but you will walk past a guy holding a sign in front of the grocery store and for the first time have the thought that you should give him the change in your pocket. This thought will then turn into an action of you turning around and giving him the fifteen cents in your pocket. The next time you go grocery shopping you won’t have that thought, there is no need for it- you’ll be ready with that dollar bill in your pocket to give it to whomever is waiting for you outside. Next week, you’ll have bought a sandwich and juice for your friend, their favorite is orange juice and you’ll know this because of the three minute story you stayed around to listen to last week. This beautiful avalanche, whether you know it or not, has already started all because you read a fake story written by some guy who sits behind his computer all day and plays World of Warcraft.
P.S. This article was removed from ALL of facebook…