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#2 Broken Clocks and Judgement

Summary:

Do we sometimes focus on what's wrong with people, instead of what's right about them? 

Questions:

As you watch the episode, consider:

1. When a clock is broken, do we dismiss the fact that it has (or had) its function, or do we replace its batteries so it is as good as new?

2. If you break your arm, do you disregard it and get a new arm, or do you realize how much you need it for your every day functions?  How important is it to be patient for things to heal?

3. What are some ways we can replace the batteries of our lives?

4. If we are to follow the example of Saint Porphyrios, and Christ Himself. how are we supposed to deal with people who are clearly "broken"?  Do we point our their failures to them?

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Links:

And here are some articles you may find to be helpful:

1. Mystagogy, "Elder Porphyrios and Scantily Clothed Women"

2. Mystagogy, "Elder Paisios: Judgementalism and the Spiritual Life Don't Go Together"

3. Mystagogy, "Elder Porphyrios In the House of Prostitution"

Script:

Hey everybody, this is Steve, and this is a broken clock.  Have you ever heard the expression, that even a broken clock is right twice a day?  That's awesome and optimistic and really…bee-ish.  No... that's, that's not a word.  Even though a broken clock doesn't tell time particularly well, it still tells time, it's still a clock, even if it is broken.  But a lot of times, we don't really look at the positive side, do we?  If we have a clock that's broken or doesn't tell time as well as we'd like, we tend to throw it out, we trash it, we junk it.  But maybe a simple fix is all that's needed.  Maybe all we need to do is change the batteries, and that clock will start working again.  

Sometimes we treat human beings like broken clocks.  We dismiss them as being bad or evil or worthless. We get rid of them.  But the truth is, we're all broken clocks.  None of us tell God's time 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We all have our weaknesses, we all have our failings.  We're all imperfect.  But just like a broken clock can be unbroken, so can all of us, with little bit of hard work, be unbroken. That's the work of Jesus Christ.  That's the work of His Church.  And that's the work, ultimately, of all of us. So let's be the bee. Let's not focus on what's wrong or broken about people. Instead, let's focus on what makes people, people. Be the bee and live Orthodoxy. Remember to like and subscribe. I’ll see you all next week.

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