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2000 - Updated 02/01/12

Footwashing

to obey is better than sacrifice

Washing someonez else's feet ... in a line ... the "specialized", "mystique", "discreet" "art", of footwashing someonez tootsies!

That goes with the expert attention and pampering you get in many official or non official churches. With the purpose of getting you started and to making you feeeel special. As well as making you feeeel "up-to-scratch"!  Or, on the other hand ... just a teaser from this page to get your attention!

Whatz more ... not to be confused with a humble attitude of metaphorically stooping and washing someonez feet in everyday, inconvenient, grubby situations.  Or a more cutting and intimate expression of "getting your hands dirty". For the benefit of someone else'ez comfort and well being, at the expense of your own.

Moreover, bearing in mind, Hebrews 8:5 proves it is possible to serve the shadow instead of living the reality (de difference between de two covenants you know!). What many are unfortunately caught up in at present. Here'iz da verse you may never have considered before, in order to broaden ones spiritual horizon ... "Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things"!

The epitome of religiosity really (if you are beginning to get the drift!)!  Like going all googogaga over Creation (or da Mother Earth stuff) but playing down or ignoring itz Creator.  Just as some are bound to duty; even "Christian" duty. Without understanding new covenant obedience and being aware their walk is one of compulsion and obligation, rather than cheerfully doing out of a willing heart, and moving past "the example and shadow" to whatz real.

In other words ... is footwashing an ordinance of the church today?  Or is it a metaphor of practical everyday living and walking with the Lord?  A parable so we can see the real picture unfold and do something about it! Going beyond the shadow, in other words!

This gutsy and straight to the point wee article is very clear and covers a multitude of sermons, cancelling out the lofty and the grandeur, as well as the ordinates of yesteryear!  Here we go then ... from Mama Bear. A white/western/caucasian sister who prefers to remain anonymous:

"I've never cared much for empty gestures and meaningless rituals.  I want to know why I'm doing a thing.  I need a reason.

Certain churches have a regular footwashing ceremony.  Many say footwashing makes them "feel so humble."  But if you don't scrub the toenails and dry between the toes you're not really washing feet, you're only pretending.  Pretending to wash feet, and pretending to be humble.

To make the ritual easier in some churches women leave pantyhose on.  A lot of good that does!  A splash and a dab with a towel don't do a thing.  It's more pretense.  The Bible tells us we are to act on what we know, not what we feel.  Humble people don't feel humble.  They don't think about feelings.  Those who try to "feel humble" are hovering on the edge of pride.

I've been accused of pride because I don't do footwashings.  Yet I've washed someone's feet when it was necessary.  And I didn't feel humble, I felt useful.  I've cleaned, cooked, tended kids, done laundry, stripped paint and wax, hung wallpaper, sewed, even removed floor tile with a sledgehammer.  It didn't make me feel humble.  I felt hot, tired, and dirty.  But I was helping someone in need, not looking for good feelings.  When I washed the feet of a black woman in the hospital after her surgery it wasn't to feel humble but to be helpful.  She couldn't do it herself.  After my surgery she covered my phone while I slept.  Fair trade. (added by me: soundz a wee bit redneck eh, but notta worry)

It's true Jesus washed the feet of the disciples and told them to wash one another's feet.  But every word Jesus spoke to His disciples wasn't meant for all people of all time.  We must consider the cultural context.  In His day people walked miles on hot, dusty roads in sandals, and they were not Birkenstocks.   A foot bath was an act of hospitality, much like our custom of serving a guest coffee or tea or a cold drink.  Besides, footwashing was commonly done in the home not the temple.

Today we have Subarus and shoes and showers and soap.  It makes no sense to remove shoes from already clean feet and let someone wash them with the stockings still on and call it spiritual.  Instead of trying to work up a feeling of humility why not do something useful?  Visit the sick and lonely.  Take someone a casserole, homemade bread or cookies for the children.  Entertain the kids for an hour and give a busy mother a welcome break.  Wash a friend's car or mow the grass.  These simple deeds mean much more than a ritual foot bath and are not half as messy.  And the good feelings come afterward."

Feeeel the rush!!??


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