I love parables. Spending 8 months in Jesus’ parables only made me love them more. I thought I would try my hand in my own. Taking a few queues from the Good Samaritan.
A young couple was looking to get married. As they were putting their wedding plans together they realized that they didn’t have a minister yet to marry them. Since neither of them grew up religious or knew any ministers, they decided to go to the church that was closest to them and ask their minister to marry them. The church that they arrived at had a big front door and they knocked and knocked and no one answered. They looked up and saw a sign on the door that explained to congregants that the entire staff was at a protest in front of city hall opposing gays the right to be married, and that the regular office hours would resume the next day. Shruggingly they walked a few hundred meters down to try the next church. They walked into the beautiful building and was able to track down the minister. They walked into his office and explained to them their story and asked him to marry them. The minister reached for his Bible and opened it up to Genesis 1 and told them what his beliefs in marriage were. He told them that their relationship was an abomination and that they should both seek God and his forgiveness and turn from their wicked ways. Before he could say anything else, they interrupted him and thanked him for his time and went on their way.
Feeling quite frustrated and hurt, they walked to a third church on the block. As they walked up to the church, there was a woman sitting on the front steps sipping a coffee. She was friendly and started talking to them. After 20 minutes of chatting, the couple realized that this lady was the minister of this congregation. Feeling right about her, they asked her to marry them. The minister was ecstatic. She said she would be honoured. She asked them if it was ok that she was a woman. They laughed and said they wouldn’t have asked if they didn’t think it was ok. They chatted for a little while longer about the style of wedding and what to expect. The couple walked away feeling confident that they chose the right minister.
Which of these three churches do you think was a neighbour to the couple?