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Busybody Reports


all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them

"Hi-de-ho everybody. This is Michael Jay Busybody standing on the snow covered corner of Main and Broadway Anytown, USA. I have my heaviest coat wrapped snugly around me as the biting wind nibbles at my nose and my ears while I watch the people as they do their last minute Christmas shopping. Such a mad rush as men and women literally run from store to store searching for the specials and sale items. I'd like to have an interview with someone, but no one seems to be willing to pause for even a moment or two. Well, it looks as if I spoke too soon. Here is a man resting against a light post. Perhaps he will give me an interview. Pardon me sir, I'm conducting an interview of people on the streets. Would you mind if I ask you a question or two?"

"Not at all mister. Got a dollar for a cup of coffee?"

"Oh, I didn't notice the sign and the cup you're holding. Yes, I suppose so. Here's a couple dollars. Have two cups of coffee on me."

"Thanks mister. You said you want to ask me some questions. What kind of questions you want to ask?"

"Um, I was going to ask you about your Christmas shopping. But I don't suppose such a question would be appropriate under the circumstance. Then again, perhaps that might make an interesting topic of discussion. What, if anything, have you done to prepare for the holiday season? That is, do you have a family you shop for? Or are you on your own?"

"Yeah, I got a family. Wife and two kids. They're back at the car trying to stay warm. Hard thing to do in weather like this, specially with the window busted out like it is."

"Am I to take it then you have no home? That you and your family live in a car parked out on the city streets?"

"That's right mister. I don't mind it so much for myself, but it's hard on the little woman and the kids, especially this time of year, if you know what I mean."

"I believe I do. I wouldn't want to be living on the streets this time of year, or any other time for that matter."

"Hey! You! No loitering on the streets. You know the rules. Move it along or I'll run you in again."

"Yes officer. I will. And have a wonderful Christmas."

"I do declare, that was a bit heavy-handed it seems to me. I should think on this special occasion...."

"Just a minute mister. Here comes somebody else. Got a dollar for a cup of coffee mister?"

"Get lost ya bum. Why don't you get a job and earn your own money like everybody else."

"Thanks anyway mister, and God bless."

"I must say you handled that verbal abuse quite well. What must it feel like when someone shows you such inhospitality?"

"I get lots of that mister. I'm used to it. Still hurts at times, but I just consider it their problem and not mine."

"I suppose that's the best way to look at it under the circumstance. But tell me, why don't you get a regular job rather than stand on a cold street and panhandle as you do? Wouldn't it be easier and more rewarding for you?"

"Yes mister, it would. But I've got two, make that three strikes against me. One strike is the poor economy. Lots of people out of work. They only hire people on the top of the hireability list anymore. Strike two I'm a disabled vet. Not many jobs I can do anymore, especially with the ailments that agent orange brought on. And three I have a police record. Three strikes and your out. Not much I can do but live off the good will of others, specially with four mouths to feed. Does that answer your question mister?"

"I do believe it does sir. Yes, I believe it does."

"Hey, you there, the one holding the sign."

"You mean me mister?"

"Yeah you. Look, you look cold with that skinny jacket on. Here, I got this here extra coat and gloves. Take it, ok? And have a nice Christmas."

"Hey, thanks mister. Thanks a lot!"

"No big deal. It was gived to me, and I gived it to you. Stay warm."

"I see that not everyone treats you with disrespect sir. I suspect you're mighty glad to have a thick coat against this weather, even though the coat has seen its better days."

"A coat's a coat mister. You bet. And the gloves feel great. My fingers were near to fall off from the cold. Can't keep the hands in the pocket when you panhandling you know."

"Yes, I suspect that's true."

"Yep, this coat feels great. Woulda' given all I got for a coat like this, if I had anything to give. It was mighty nice of, of.....of...."

"Yes? You were saying sir?"

"Just a minute mister. I got to do something."

"Now isn't that strange? The man I was interviewing suddenly walked off and left me here holding this cold microphone. I wonder if.... ah, here he comes. But something is missing."

"Ok, I'm back. Now what was we talking about mister? I think you was asking me a question."

"Yes, I was. But what happened to that coat and the gloves you had on a moment ago? Did the man take them back?"

"No mister, nothing like that. It's just that I saw a woman over there shivering. Looked like she needed the coat worst than I do. So I gave it to her. You know how it is."

"Well, really I don't sir. I can respect what you did, but aren't you cold now? You have goose bumps all over you and your fingers are blue from the cold. Aren't you very cold?"

"Well, yes, I'm cold on the outside, but I'm warm and fuzzy on the inside, if you know what I mean."

12Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Mat 7:)

37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Mat 22:)

31When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Mat 25:)

16These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: 17And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD. (Zech 8:)

15Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. (Lev 19:)

19Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect ("Regard, turn face from") persons, (Deut 16:)

17Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; (Deut 1:)

8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. (James 2:)




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