The archangel announced the next case: “Lord, is George Smithers. He wishes to enter heaven because he believes Jesus is the Son of God. He has served faithfully in his church. He has donated at least 10% of his income to the church. And he has been faithful to his wife, his church and his country.” God looked at the supplicant, fearful, but anticipating his reward after a lifetime of service.
“You were an usher at your church?” God inquired. “Yes, my Lord, for 47 years, I never missed a Sunday,” George replied. God then showed George an episode from his life where Mahatma Gandhi came to the church to learn more about Jesus. George barred his way and suggested Gandhi worship with his own kind. George protested: “But he was a kaffir, Lord. He would not have felt comfortable at our church.” God just looked at George with sadness. George wilted under the gaze. He collapsed in tears realizing for the first time the enormity of his sin. “I forgive you” God quietly proclaimed. God then said to the archangel: “Show George the basement flat that I have prepared for him”.
God, forgive me for being like Gandhi’s usher. (James 2:1-13)