Do you think Christian churches should include foot-washing during some services

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  1. quildon profile image76
    quildonposted 4 years ago

    Do you think Christian churches should include foot-washing during some services?

    Just before Jesus was crucified, He washed His disciples' feet and He said we should wash each others' feet, but most churches say it's only a symbol, not something to be taken literally.

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    PerrySparkposted 4 years ago

    During this era the customs at that time provided that the lowliest servant would wash the feet of visitors prior to them entering the house.  Jesus performed this activity as he spoke the parable indicating that we were to humble ourselves as an example of goodness when dealing with others.  This does not require the actual washing of the feet in today's environment, but does require showing respect for everyone we meet.  During many Christian church services, the congregation welcome each other into the Lord's House with a friendly respectful gesture.  Additionally, many of the church members assist others without any recognition being required.  Performing any simple act of kindness to another person follows the requirement to recognize that we must receive whomever Jesus sends with kindness and respect.  This is more true today as the world has become filled with much evil that must be overcome through spreading the love that Jesus taught.   The Son of Man is therefore glorified by those that follow the path of righteousness and love.  No greater love has anyone than to give love and support to those whom they meet along life's path.  For life is too short and much too valuable to squander time ranting and raving under jealousy of others.  Those who seek knowledge through truth recognize the Commandments of the Lord.  These individuals walk with Jesus daily and do those things necessary to assist others who have fallen.  It is a shame that many have lost their way and have fallen into the evil kingdom where Judas has gone.  The righteous shall always prevail.  Praise the Lord and His Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen

    1. quildon profile image76
      quildonposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your comment, PerrySpark!

  3. blessedp profile image79
    blessedpposted 4 years ago

    Hi quildon, yes I do believe that churches should follow the examples of Jesus.Well at least my church practise washing of saint's feet during "Lords supper". His baptism was a symbol and we the church do follow, so why should the washing of feet be any different.

    Slowly, many of the modern day churches are not sticking to sound doctrine but to what pleases the crowd.

    Whatever Christ did when He was on earth was for us to follow and adhere to.  It is a hard road to travel and a mighty long way to go, let us not be deceived but make full proof of the gospel the road map unto life eternal.

    1. quildon profile image76
      quildonposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your comment, blessedp. I've heard many sermons that justify why we should not wash each other's feet, but like you said, his baptism was a symbol and we do follow it. So was the breaking of the bread.

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    retief2000posted 4 years ago

    The washing of feet in imitation of Christ's humility was mentioned by St. Augustine in the 5th century and has been an official part of Easter week traditions in the Catholic Church for over 600 years. I doubt that will ever change. It is a sign of our service to each other, humility before God, an imitation of Christ and a sign of His divine office passing on to His disciples - more than a mere symbol.

    1. quildon profile image76
      quildonposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your comment. I think it sad that some churches consider it just a symbol.

  5. grand old lady profile image84
    grand old ladyposted 4 years ago

    If they want to it's okay with me. It doesn't affect me, either way.

    1. quildon profile image76
      quildonposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You can take it or leave it. I hear you, grand old lady!

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    Deborah Sextonposted 4 years ago

    Feet Washing was long before Yahshua (Jesus). 
    Feet washing was a service which the wife was expected to render to her husband, it was one of the personal attentions to which her husband was entitled, no matter how many maids she may have had; likewise, according to the Babylonian Talmud, besides preparing his drink and bed, the wife had to wash her husband's face and feet. The priests were not permitted to minister unless they had performed their ablutions, among which the washing of the feet is especially mentioned. The priests were accustomed to rub and wash their hands and feet in the basin twice, to insure the proper degree of cleanliness.

    Feet washing did not symbolize Yahshua’s  humility as some suppose. It represents the bride and groom and the duties of the wife.

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      retief2000posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, where to start, perhaps the parable about swallowing the camel might help, though not likely.

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      Deborah Sextonposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      What does my posting how feet washing started, have to do with a camel? Did you want me to use one word to describe it?

    3. quildon profile image76
      quildonposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting comment, Deborah. I'd never heard of the wife having to wash her husband's face and feet, but why then do you think Jesus did it?

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      Deborah Sextonposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It represents the bride and groom. God and His Elect
      Yahshua used it this way

    5. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      remember deborah is not a Christian and does not understand, she is jewish.     parrster gave the correct answer.

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      Deborah Sextonposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I was raised in the Christian church and fully understand the Christian doctrine. I just disagree with it and chose to be Jewish and can read the Hebrew Bible. Celafoe can't

  7. parrster profile image82
    parrsterposted 4 years ago

    Christ's washing of the disciples feet wasn't symbolic as much as it was exemplary of meekness. It was not recorded as a ritual to follow but an attitude of discipleship to adopt; your needs come before my ego.
    Foot washing was a cultural activity that arose to meet a need. It has no such relevance to modern western civilisation. Christ's meekness, however, is a transcultural example that can apply to any group.

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      retief2000posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      This is one of the reasons why Pope Francis' example of washing the feet of Muslims and Prisoners is so important for modern Christians.It is a witness to our faith and to the life to which we are called.We are love those who harm or hate us.

    2. quildon profile image76
      quildonposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your comment, parrster!

    3. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      any Christian that washes the feet of a musslime is  foolish and does not know God.   It was His brethren who's feet He washed not his enemies feet.  We are not called to serve our enemies.     Parrster is correct

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      retief2000posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Luke 6:27-36
      Matthew 5:43-48
      It is absolutely clear in Jesus' teaching that we are to LOVE OUR ENEMY.  He said it plainly and more than once.

    5. celafoe profile image60
      celafoeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      retief--- there  are many kinds of love in scripture  and love for enemy is NOT the love we have for brethren.   We are not  to submit to or serve our enemies.   We are to desire their conversion , not accept them as is in their sin

  8. newjerusalem profile image75
    newjerusalemposted 15 months ago

    Yes, We need to practice feet washing once in a while as it is an example demonstrated by our Lord. It's symbolic as well as a reality. Unless we are humble we can't touch the feet of others. We are expected to serve one another with humility according to this example set by our Lord Jesus Christ.

 
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