The man clearly needed help. There was no doubt in anyone’s minds about that fact. He had alcohol on his breath, old dirt under his nails and eyes that told a story of a beaten life. They gathered around him in the parking lot where they found him standing after church.
The ten church members listened as his needs grew larger with each passing word from his mouth. Soon, it was time to decide how to help; but how would they go about meeting so many needs in this one life? They left the man with Mrs. Hospitality and moved to the side to discuss the situation.
Mercy was holding back tears, knowing that something had to be done and it had to be done now. He was the first to speak, urging each one to love and support this man. Prophecy quoted scripture, saying that the man evidently was dealing with sinful strong holds that needed to be addressed. Teacher agreed, but said it would take time to teach the man his way out of this grave situation. It was then that Evangelism said, “Hold on now…it is his soul I am worried about. Scripture will not mean a thing to him unless he is converted.” Under her breath, Discernment mentioned that she was beginning to feel a spirit of disunity within the group.
Gift Giving pulled out her billfold and said, “Do what you need to do. I have to move on so here is some money. And if you need more, call me.” She handed the money to Service who had no idea what all the fuss was about. He thought, “Let’s just do what we need to do…get him a shower, cloth his body with clean clothes and fill up his car with gas so he can be on his way.”
By this time, Administration was outlining the steps they would need to take to assure all needs would be met and Exhortation tried to encourage each of the ten to press on in this good work. Faith took a step back proclaiming that whatever was done, God would see it to the end so she left saying she would pray for them as they made a decision.
By now the eight remaining were growing weary with each other’s ideas. Mercy grew impatient. Service was just waiting to be told what to do and anxious to do it. Teacher, Evangelism and Prophecy were still discussing doctrine, while Exhortation grew weary of trying to spur them on to God’s work and decided to leave to enjoy the beautiful day God had made for golf.
It was about this time that an old friend of the man’s drove by and saw him standing there in the parking lot. Stopping, he called out from the car window, “Hey Man, you need a ride or something? Get in and come with me.” By the time the seven people saw that he was gone, the man was already at the local bar…drinking to find peace, talking with friends who understood, and feeling loved.