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Barbecue!

Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?  Roman 2:3 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Jamie didn’t prepare me in advance for what I was about to see—or taste.

What I witnessed was primitive to say the least. I couldn’t bear the gunshot to the head. Poor little hog. Glad I didn’t name him. I know his family thought I was ridiculous, standing there by the trailer talking to the pig like it was my friend. Little did that poor animal know he would be tomorrow’s lunch. What had I married into? These people were still killing animals as in the old days. I won’t go into all the gory details, but I thought what happened to that pig was inhumane.

Even more disturbing were the things they ate. I would never eat liver pudding again. The next day I thought I wouldn’t be able to bear eating that poor animal, but it turned out to be some of the best barbecue I’d ever had.

Sometimes the things that seem horrible to us are not so bad. In fact, our own misjudgments and attitudes can leave us empty, as the apostle Paul mentions. We say to ourselves, “Oh, I’ll never do that,” and end up the first in line for a big helping of our foot in the mouth. To be honest, I was a little haughty in my approach. I was judging them for killing that hog, when I was being the hypocrite.

Be careful how you judge others. Worry about the speck in your own eye first.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Natalie Baker

Natalie Baker lives in a small town in North Carolina. God has blessed her with the ability to write, and she loves to write creatively. She loves people and wants to find a way to use her writing in ministry. She has been happily married for fifteen years and recently completed her master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling.


Comments

  1. Great story. You are a very talented writer. Thanks for sharing what God has placed on your heart and mind??