Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Moral Compass




Our little Nursing Home art class finished up the panda they had started last month. Asherel is becoming better and better at teaching, and our class is growing.
"Oh I can't draw," said Shirley as she filed in. She says that every month.
I showed her the panda head she had drawn at the class last month.
"I did that?" she asked. I pointed to her signature.
"Hmmm," she said, sitting down with a smile.

As we neared completion of the panda, the class all looked appreciatively at their drawings.
"Sarah," I said, "Your panda needs another leg."
"He does?" she asked.
"Of course he does," said Clara, who was next to Sarah, "How do you think he can walk?"
"Oh, I see," said Sarah adding another leg.

Joe, one of our star pupils was late.
"I was waiting for the verdict on the Gosnell trial," he said, rushing in, "Sorry I'm late."
"Did they reach a verdict?" I asked.
"Not yet," he said picking up his pencil.
"What did he do?" asked Elizabeth.
"He aborted live babies and then snipped their spinal cord to kill them with scissors," said Joe.
Everyone in the room gasped. Every one of us wondered why it was so long and hard to arrive at a guilty verdict. As they drew their pandas, they shook their heads in unison, horror on all their wrinkled brows.

One new class member, having missed the class on drawing the panda head, needed a crash course in drawing with basic shapes. I caught him up quickly.
"It's that easy?" he asked, as he drew a panda speedily.
"Yes," I said, "It's obvious once you know what to look for."

The activity Director returned at that moment.
"Guilty!" she called out, "They found him guilty!"
"They certainly should have," said the class.
It's obvious, I thought, when you have a moral compass.

Genesis 4:7 NIV
[7] If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. ”







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