October 19, 2018

Dignity

By Mark Mayberry

Geoffrey Owens, who played "Elvin Tibideaux" on The Cosby Show in the 1980s, recently was in the news when someone took a picture of him bagging groceries at Trader Joe's. Many were shocked that someone who had achieved fame and fortune could have fallen to such a "lowly" position. When interviewed, Mr. Owens spoke of the dignity of work, no matter what the task. Now, after receiving a $25,000 from a current celebrity, Mr. Owen has donated the entire amount to charity. So, Bill Cosby ("Heathcliff Huxtable") has brought shame upon himself and harm upon others, and Geoffrey Owens ("Elvin") – the somewhat dimwitted son-in-law has demonstrated far greater integrity. There is dignity in honest and honorable work, no matter the task. We are called to serve God and one another. We are expected to treat one another with kindness and respect. Are we maintaining things honorable in the sight of all men?

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