I've had this song going through my head for the last two weeks. It's from this youtube video that a friend posted on Facebook. The song/video is called 'These Are the People of Walmart'. It's a catchy little jingle (which explains why I've been singing it for 2 weeks!).
The video shows pictures of real people shopping at Walmart. And these people are dressed in ways that would make your head spin around - strange outfits, too tight clothes, barely dressed. Many of them just look downright bizarre.
The point (?) of the song is to poke fun at some of the strange sights you can see if you walk into a Walmart. And, we have a Walmart right up the road from us. I end up running there more often than I like. But, I can attest to the fact that sometimes the people you see leave you shaking your head in wonderment.
And, when I first watched this video, I was kind of chuckling along with it. But, as the catchy song continued to play in my head at random points in my day I started to feel convicted. And the words, 'These are the people of Walmart' became replaced with the words, 'These are the people that God loves.'
I like to think that I am a relatively kind, non-judgemental, caring person. But, I was struck with the truth. I too laughed at the expense of others. I do look at people and make judgements about who I think they are/what kind of life they lead based on how they look. I set myself higher than those who seem 'less' in some way.
A pretty ugly truth.
Jesus loves these people with the same passion with which he loves me. Jesus wants desperately for them to experience His love. Jesus died for them.
The people of Walmart.