[This is reposted as part of our Best-Of Revelife Week. It was originally posted on February 10, 2010.]
By Dean Lusk
In one of the men's bathrooms at Wall Highway Baptist Church's sanctuary building is a sink that will not dispense hot water
. In the past I've turned the water on and let it run for a full minute (which is a pretty long time if you just want hot or warm water) without feeling so much as a slight increase in temperature. This is surely a discouragement from washing one's hands, but I always do that regardless. I promise.
Some time last year I heard the facilities maintenance guy comment that there is not a hot water line running to that sink. I immediately felt personal embarrassment that I'd never bothered to look underneath to see that there was only one pipe running from the wall to the sink.
No matter what I tried and no matter how long I let the water run, I would never have been able to get warm water from that spigot. On the surface, though, since there are two valves on each side of the faucet, one would think that one side would produce hot water and the other cold. Its appearance is completely deceptive.
Have you ever wondered how Jesus could say
, "Do not judge others and you will not be judged
," and just a minute later say,
"Just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions
" (or maybe a faucet by its water)? This is far more harmonious than many people care to see, though the first phrase is used, often incorrectly, as ammunition by people who want to attack Christ-followers as hateful, vengeful, or unloving.
Any thoughts on the fact that those two statements are not mutually exclusive?