There’s no better way to make a point than the use of an analogy. You know, when someone explains something using different examples to express similarities.
And there’s no one who uses analogies better than a church pastor.
Pastor Andy Harris of The Church of the Cross in Haughton, Louisiana, shared a story on his Facebook page about a woman who made the decision to leave her church after she was burned by some others in the congregation — sound familiar?
It’s not stated whether or not Pastor Andy’s story was a real-life example, but its reliability and the analogy that it paints is enough to sell us on its message either way. His viral post has now been shared over 231,000 times.
As the story goes, a woman approached her pastor to inform him that she’d no longer be attending his church.
Perplexed by her decision, the pastor pressed her as to why.
“Ah! I saw a woman gossiping 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 was sad to hear her reasoning, but not surprised, as he’s heard it all before. That’s why he let her go. But not before she did one final 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.”
An odd request to say the least, but the woman knew it would be a piece of cake.
She followed his instructions, walked three times around the church with her full glass of water, and returned to him — task completed.
The pastor prompted her with just one more thing before she left: