Pastor Andy Harris of The Church of the Cross in Haughton, Louisiana recently took to Facebook to reveal what happened when a woman came to him to say she would be leaving his church because of how she was being treated by other members of the congregation. Andy’s response to her is going viral, and it’s easy to see why!
After the woman told Andy she could no longer attend his church, the pastor asked her why she had made that decision.
“Ah! I saw a woman gossipping about another member; a man that is a hypocrite; the worship team living wrong; people looking at their phone during service; among so many other things wrong in your church,” she replied.
The pastor had heard complaints like this before, so he decided to let her go. Before she left, however, Andy decided to have her do one more thing for him.
“But before you go, do me a favor: Take a full glass of water and walk around the church three times without spilling a drop on the ground. Afterward, leave the church if you desire,” he told her.
The woman was puzzled as to why he would request this of her, but she found the task easy enough to complete and she reported back to the pastor when she was done. The pastor then had one more thing to ask of her once again.
“Before you leave I want to ask you one more question. When you were walking around the church, did you see anyone gossiping?” he asked.
“No,” she replied.
The pastor asked if she saw any hypocrites or anyone on their phones, to which she also responded, “No.” The pastor then silenced her with an analogy that is sure to have even non-Christians saying “Amen!”
“You were focused on the glass, to make sure you didn’t stumble and spill any water. It’s the same with our life. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we don’t have time to see the mistakes of others. We will reach out a helping hand to them and concentrate on our own walk with the Lord,” the pastor told her.
And that, ladies and gentleman, is what we call a microphone drop!
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