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« on: January 15, 2013, 09:49:33 PM »

would you follow this example of jesus for a stranger?
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 09:56:39 PM »

We used to do this at the Protestant church I was a part of. We'd do it once a year, sort of a non-sacramental custom or tradition. It was quite interesting. The church was a pretty tight-knit group of about 90-100 though, so we weren't really strangers. I've heard of Orthodox doing the custom as well, e.g. monastics. It'd be a cool custom to use, if people were willing.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 09:58:35 PM »

We used to do this at the Protestant church I was a part of. We'd do it once a year, sort of a non-sacramental custom or tradition. It was quite interesting. The church was a pretty tight-knit group of about 90-100 though, so we weren't really strangers. I've heard of Orthodox doing the custom as well, e.g. monastics. It'd be a cool custom to use, if people were willing.

Bishops perform the washing of the feet, as Jesus instructed the Apostles to follow his lead and the bishops are the successors of the Apostles.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 09:58:52 PM »

would you follow this example of jesus for a stranger?

Liturgically or as a profession?
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 10:01:49 PM »

Better to wash a stranger's feet than to shed a stranger's blood.


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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 10:06:22 PM »

Wash your neighbor as yourself... Ummm wait on second thought
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2013, 10:22:59 PM »

God commanded for us to do this.  The Orthodox, mostly here and there clergy practice it.  Bishops sometimes do as well.

In my wife's Mennonite church, they all wash each other's feet.  It is very humbling.  The natural "type A" personality in the church is humbled down.  The bishop, humbled to the newest layman.

It's actually very nice.
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2013, 10:25:15 PM »

I would, but I imagine it wouldn't really benefit anyone. Wouldn't it be better to "wash a stranger's feet" by helping them? Like giving money to the homeless, offering them a meal or a ride etc.
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2013, 11:10:41 PM »

I have a pretty bad aversion to feet. I won't even touch my wife's feet. So a stranger's feet... No way. Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2013, 11:33:05 PM »

I think it important to remember the cultural customs of why this was done.  Is there a modern equivalent?
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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2013, 12:28:45 AM »

Why not...
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2013, 01:19:09 AM »

I would, but I imagine it wouldn't really benefit anyone. Wouldn't it be better to "wash a stranger's feet" by helping them? Like giving money to the homeless, offering them a meal or a ride etc.

Not everything has to be uber-practical...
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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2013, 02:40:43 AM »

No.
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2013, 02:56:13 AM »

If the stranger was into that I mean why not? And cute
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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2013, 06:05:59 PM »

maybe if i had a towel and water at hand at the time.

if i didnt i think i would have to spit on their feet which does not seem very nice
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« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2013, 09:32:42 PM »

With soap and water and a cloth, I think so. And if they promised not to kick me.  Cheesy
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