In his book, Eats with Sinners, Arron Chambers shares the following story.
A construction worker accidentally shot a nail into his hand with a nail gun. Fortunately, the construction site was right across the street from the hospital, so the injured man walked over there to get some help.
Entering the building, the man saw two doors—one marked Emergency and the other Non-Emergency. He thought his injury wasn’t so bad, so he went through the Non-Emergency door.
There he found himself in a small room with two more doors. One said Internal, the other External. His wound was obviously external, so he chose that door.
Passing through the door, he found himself in another room. This one also had two doors. One said Severe Pain and the other Mild Pain. He wasn’t hurting that much, so he chose the door marked Mild Pain.
Once again he found himself in a small room with two doors. One door said Cash, the other Credit. Since he didn’t have any cash in his pocket, he chose the door marked Credit—and found himself back out on the street again.
Disillusioned, he walked back to the construction site. Surprised to see him back so quickly, a co-worker asked, “Did they treat your hand already?”
“No,” he replied. “They didn’t help me at all…but that’s the most organized hospital I’ve ever seen!”
Let’s hope that our churches aren’t like that hospital! There is a lot to be said for efficiency, but in the end we have to be helping people.
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”—Galatians 6:10.