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