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Topic: Break (02/06/06)
TITLE: Not so grand a gesture
By Vic Grace
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One event of that move, came to mind the other day when thinking of trips I had taken. We were walking on a street in a town in Georgia, I forget which, and an elderly man was walking towards me. We made eye contact. Here was my chance, to make a grand gesture. I stepped out into the gutter, and stood aside, in order to let him walk by.
Did I in fact show that man love, or was it idealistic conceit and ignorance? A young, white girl moving out of the way for an old, black man, in a time of great friction in the southern states regarding black and white people.
On reflection, perhaps I did not help that man but made his life more difficult. Not only could I have stirred up trouble for him with others, who witnessed the act and would blame him somehow, but what did that action do to his heart. Did I stir up old wounds, or did I encourage him? This side of heaven, I will never know.
When we visit another culture where differences offend us and if we see things that are plainly wrong, we need the wisdom of Christ, because our grand gestures may in fact bring harm to another and instead of bringing glory to Him only brings glory to ourselves.
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