Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr
Would you be offended if someone called you a Homosapian?
Would you be shocked or think less of me if I told you I was a Thespian?
Would you be embarrassed if you were caught masticating and it was posted all over the World Wide Web?
Well, no one should get offended for being called a human being.
And it should not surprise you, nor should you think less of me just because I have acted and many dramatic productions.
Unless you are embarrassed to eat in front of others, so what if someone posts a video on the web of you eating?
Isn’t it strange sometimes how someone can say one thing and we totally mistake it for another? This is especially true for kids. I remember a story of a child singing an old hymn and believed it to be, “Now let is have a little chocolate Jesus,” instead of, “Now let us have a little talk with Jesus.” Of how no one but children know G-d’s real Name which is either Howard or Andy, because in what is called the L-rd’s Prayer some kids think it says, “Our Father, who art in heaven, Howard be They Name…” and the hymn “In the Garden” where the chorus says, And He walks with me and He talks with me…” Some children thinks it says, “Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me.”
I’ll never forget a true story of a pastor I know who went through a fast food drive-thru, pulled up to the window and say a little sign that said, “Condiments upon request.” The preacher got all hot and bothered and ended up chewing the poor girl at the drive-thru window out because he though the sign said, “Condoms upon request.”
Before judging and jumping to conclusions regarding any matter, not just potentially comical ones, it’s important to get your facts straight; don’t be dibbling and dabbling when you don’t know what’s happening. You know the old saying about when people assume, that it can make and ASS out of U and ME.
If we don’t double check the facts, we could be made a liar or accusing someone else of being one.
Matt. 7:1-2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
We commit LaShone Hara, the Hebrew word for gossip and slander and is a sin considered as bad as murder because when we harm someone with our words we kill their reputation or spirit. I’m sure we all can tell of a time when a small piece of us died on account of the wrongful and harmful words of others and we are not to do to someone else that which we wouldn’t want done to us as Yeshua said and what we often call the Golden Rule.
I know we all know, the tough thing is to keep this in mind in the heat of the moment. May YHWH help us to keep things in mind in such moments.