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.
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
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.
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.
If they want to it's okay with me. It doesn't affect me, either way.
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.
Wow, where to start, perhaps the parable about swallowing the camel might help, though not likely.
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?
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?
It represents the bride and groom. God and His Elect
Yahshua used it this way
remember deborah is not a Christian and does not understand, she is jewish. parrster gave the correct answer.
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
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.
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.
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
It is absolutely clear in Jesus' teaching that we are to LOVE OUR ENEMY. He said it plainly and more than once.
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
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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