by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine – God Defines a Good Person: Three Needful Things
Editor’s note: Sharing this portion because it’s one of the saddest stories I’ve seen to come out of this ministry that does not involve beating a child. The snipped part before this was Debi defining mercy, mostly in the same ways that everyone regardless of religious affiliation defines it. Then she launches into this tale which sounds very much like what I would expect over at NGJ and other QF enforcer type ministries. This man likely made a lucky escape from their toxic theology. I hope others out there show him the mercy denied here. There is more to the definition of mercy and this tale I will post tomorrow.
I am not preaching to others. We had an incident in our own office this week that exposed our lack of mercy. A man called and said he had just gotten out of prison, but while there he had requested a Good and Evil book. The book didn’t arrive before he was set free, so he wanted the office to send him a free book. It is our policy and habit to send books to those incarcerated free of charge. But we expect those who can to pay for them. Upon being informed of our policy and hearing a suggestion that he was now able to buy his own, be became rude, indignant, and demanding. The staff was following protocol, but they were faced with the options of following the letter of the law or making a judgment and showing mercy.
Clearly the man was desperate for a book that contains the gospel, but he was unthankful and hostile. The unfortunate personnel on the phone felt the sting of it. Before it was over, several office personnel had to deal with the angry man as his irritation escalated.
It is easy for me to make a judgment concerning the issue because I was not shouted at, cursed, or threatened in such a manner that would make most people want to refuse life support to the guy if he were dying. But removed from the passion, it is clear that the man needed MERCY.
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