Pit Theology

If there is ever a time when we need one another, it is when we are in the pit. Pits vary from hopelessness to grief, but they all feel like insurmountable, too deep to ever see the light of day. If we stay isolated in the pit, we are right. There is no rescue.

But there is an answer. I heard this poem read by Christine Caine on James Robison’s show back in 2014 , I don’t know who it’s by, but I thought it was profound.

A man fell into a pit and could not get himself out.
• A Subjective person came along and said “I feel for you down there in that pit.”
• An Objective person came along and said “It’s logical that someone would have fallen down into that pit.”
• A Christian Scientist came along and said “You only think you’re in the pit.”
• A Pharisee said “Only bad people fall into the pit.”
• A Newspaper Reporter wanted the exclusive story on the pit
• A Fundamentalist said “You deserve your pit.”
• Confucius said “If you had listened to me, you would not be in that pit.”
• Buddha said “The pit is only a state of mind.”
• A Realist said “That’s a pit.”
• A Scientist calculated the pressure necessary to get him out of the pit.
• A Geologist told him to appreciate the rock strata in the pit.
• A Tax man asked him if he was paying taxes on the pit.
• An inspector asked him if he had a permit to dig the pit.
• An Evasive person came along and avoided the subject of the pit altogether.
• A Self-Pitying person said “You haven’t seen anything until you have seen my pit.”
• A Charismatic said “Just confess that you are not in the pit.”
• An Optimist said “It could be worse.”
• A Pessimist said “Things will get worse.”

Jesus walking along seeing the man in the pit simply knelt down, extended his hand and pulled him out of the pit!

Are you reaching up, reaching out for help or are you content to stay in the pit feeling sorry for yourself?

The flip side is if you are not in the pit, who are you extending your hand to? All of us have been in the pit. Don’t forget it. Out of gratitude extend your hand. Kneel down means to humble yourself as you help. Share your story. Share the way up and out. Share both love and hope. Be gentle. Love your neighbor as yourself.

2 thoughts on “Pit Theology

  1. Jerry McIntire

    Your first question, “Are you reaching up, reaching out for help or are you content to stay in the pit feeling sorry for yourself?” reminds me of an observation by a colleague last week who noted that the apostle Peter, when he suddenly became afraid and started to sink after he had stepped out on the water to go to Jesus, didn’t feel sorry for himself, or get angry, or despair. Peter asked for help. He reached for Jesus, who certainly had shown him what the power of God could do. And Jesus took Peter’s hand, lifted him up, and brought him to safety rather than criticizing or reprimanding him.

    I have to say, as funny as the poem you quoted is, I know many big-hearted Christians, Jews, Buddhists, geologists, humanists, Republicans and Democrats who all will reach out a hand to help someone in a pit rather than spout a platitude. I’ve served with some of them on search and rescue teams. Stay positive!

    • Just a mama

      Thank you for your reply. You absolutely right you don’t have to be a Christian to give a hand up I am been blessed by people from all walks of life and seen them bless others as well.
      Sorry you thought I was spouting platitudes. That’s not my heart.

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