Stop Me if You've Heard This One...
And you know what? Their theology on paper made absolutely no difference when it came down to their theology in action. Here was a man in need of both material and spiritual blessing, and what did they do? They stood there and got in each others' faces about how wrong and screwed up the others' theologies were. They fought so much that the homeless man left them there in disgust, vowing to have nothing to do with any of them anymore. He even doubted that such a loving God could exist when God's followers were so deeply divided over almost every issue.
No, wait. That's what happens online and in the isolated halls of debate and discussion.
This was the real world.
This was where three people of differing theologies managed to give the homeless man some cash, talk with him about where he's been and wants to be, prayed for the man, and received prayer from the man, as well. This was where three young men walked away from a homeless man having been both a blessing and themselves been blessed. This was where three young men, of differing opinions on paper, shed real tears over the plight of the homeless and the destitue. This was where three young men found the presense of God in their midst.
Have you heard this one before?
Because I need to hear it again.