Thursday, 16 July 2015

About Rehab

I was reading about Rehab the prostitute, again, a few days ago and I saw it in a different light or perhaps I understood better. God can use anyone. He may choose to use a virgin (Mary), a terrorist (Saul), a nobody (Gideon) or a prostitute. "Oh, nothing good can come out of that chimney. Can't you see he doesn't even do cigarettes again" "That one, she has 4 kids for 4 baby daddies and a 5th on the way. Just forget about her." "She leaked her sex tape to get famous, what kind of life do you think she would have?" "Who is his father again? Like father, like riffraff son" "What do you expect from a woman who has tattooed her whole body?" Now don't give me that Anu what are you talking about look. We all do it. We're all guilty of stereotyping.

I can imagine the side eyes Rehab's family would have been getting in church. How the sisters would talk hush hush as she walked pass. Many of us even know how to communicate with friends with our eyes. How her mother would have been called a failure and how the men would have talked down on the father "Raise your daughter first before you worry yourself about the decisions we make at our meetings." How Gideon would have been refused admission to the Law School or how he would have been jobless 10years after school because his father had no connections.

I'm not trying to encourage reckless living. By all means, live a good life. My point is that we shouldn't be so quick to condemn people. Nobody is better than the other. Nobody knows tomorrow. I imagined people who wanted nothing to do with Rehab begging to be let into her apartment when the Israelites took Jericho. Their living depended on whether or not they were in her home. The poor guy you don't want to associate with today may "hammer" anytime. At least we all know someone who had no shoes, as a child, was once the president of Nigeria. How about Oprah?..

I'm sure you get my point. Thanks for reading bloghearts. Xo, Anuoluwapo

7 comments:

Esquire said...

Nice piece. I do agree that condemning people is not right however associating with them because we aren't sure of tomorrow isn't right. I won't associate with a prostitute, yahoo yahoo guy, drug baron etc because he may be the president tomorrow. The best is to relate with such individuals with the mindset of sharing the gospel. If they accpet fine, if not, stay away and pray for them. Evil communication/association corrupts good manners.

Anuoluwapo said...

Hmmm, poor poor, I said poor o! I wouldn't be friends with a yahoo guy ofcourse or even a prostitute but I wouldn't condemn. I would say hello, not snub. You get? It's not even always about what we may benefit from them. It's about living a peaceful life...

How are you doing Esq? Have a good weekend

Launna said...

Anuoluwapo, I think we all need to stop judging each other... everyone has the capacity to change. I don't think we need to hang out with them but we certainly do not need to talk down about them... we all have things we need to change, some are just more out in the open... xox

Erniesha Tibs said...

I feel ya on this ----- Yup! God can use anyone...

Duru Adolphus Jnr. said...

Nice one Anu... You know yeah.. its funny how we cannot tell tomorrow.. How I have done wrong to many undeserving persons only to find out that I will need their help along the way.. **Covers face... You see ehn.. The truth is just as you said ehnn.. Rehab was condemned by many.. and called names as well.. But hey! She was just like the ghen ghen Bible described "The abandoed stone that later became the chief corner stone" Nice one Barrister toh sure...

** clears throat and puts on Legal wig.. having that the law states in section 32 sub section 419.. that he that seeks equity must come with clean hands.. I openly declare that I have condemned a plenRRy plenRRy people.. Hian! During my Uni days ehn! i was chief condemner... But hey.. We learn every day dont we?! And the crowd goes.. Yyyyyeaaaah mehN! This was such a ghen ghen read Bubba.. I likey..

Bia Anu hafa you nah! Dont be Appearing and Disappearing like this on us oh! **Wears Straight face.. Diarisgodooo :) Hope you are doing well though Bubba?!

Adedeji Mujib said...

Happy birthday!!!

Ugochukwu Ifezue said...

Came accross your post on 'Rehab'.
Very well put. Christians, and quite frankly a good number of folks tend to be judgemental, maybe due to taking fundamentalist views on their religions and (strongly) stereotyping others as unrighteous, unfit-for-heaven, unqualified, and consequently, unaccepted in their life. One principle I wholly apply myself to is to respect everyone. Value them (genuinely); and it doesn't have to involve associating with them. People will always know when you consciously alienate yourself from them and when you are just different from them.

One more thing...Was her name Rahab or Rehab? I think it was the Rahab-- from Hebrew or Egyptian descent.

Cheers.