food for thought: a judge’s dilemma

In a small town, a person decided to open up a brothel right opposite a church.

The church and its congregation started a campaign to block the brothel from opening with petitions and prayed daily against his business.

Work progressed.

However, a few days before it was to open, a strong lightning struck the brothel and it was burnt to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, and this pushed the brothel owner to sue the church authorities on the grounds that the church, through its congregation and prayers, was ultimately responsible for the destruction of his brothel, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

In its reply to the court, the church vehemently denied all responsibility and the assertions that their prayers were reasons for the act of God.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork at the hearing and commented: “I don’t know how I’m going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork that we have a brothel owner who believes in the power of prayer and we have an
entire church that doesn’t.”


Lots to consider, but the first thing that struck me was – why are we, as a church, so quick to oppose things we disagree with? Is that really the way to show love as Jesus did?

The other thing, of course, is the ironic point of the whole joke.


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