How to Become a Stonecatcher

How to Become a Stonecatcher

This is Entrepreneurs of Faith, a Sunday episode of Monetization Nation. I’m Nathan Gwilliam, your host. In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss how to be a stonecatcher.

What is a stonecatcher?

There was once a man who had been falsely accused of murder and was condemned to die. His attorney, Bryan Stevenson, was dedicated to defending the wrongly accused. 

Stevenson asked the man’s local church for support even though the man wasn’t active in the church and was scorned in the community because of a widely-known affair. Stevenson reminded them of the story of the woman accused of adultery, and surrounded by a crowd who wanted to stone her to death. Christ said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (KJV John 8:7)

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Stevenson had noticed that sometimes self-righteousness, fear, and anger have caused Christians to hurl stones at people who make mistakes, but he said, “We can’t simply watch that happen.” He encouraged the congregation to become stonecatchers. Not throwing stones is the first step in treating others with compassion, but step two is protecting the victims and trying to catch stones thrown by others.

How to Be a Stonecatcher

At a race in Navarra, Spain, a Kenyan runner named Abel Mutai was in the lead when he became confused and stopped just meters before the finish line. He didn’t know spanish and thought he had already crossed the finish line.

Behind him, Iván Fernández saw what was happening and started shouting for Mutai to keep running. Mutai didn’t understand what he was saying, so when Fernández caught up to Mutai, he used gestures to try to get him to keep running. Fernández ended up pushing Mutai to the finish line.

When asked why he didn’t take advantage of Mutai’s confusion to win the race, Fernández said, “He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn’t have closed if he hadn’t made a mistake. As soon as I saw he was stopping, I knew I wasn’t going to pass him. And what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor of this medal? What would my mother think of it?”

Fernández was a stonecatcher, not a stone thrower. He didn’t take advantage of Mutai’s confusion and mistake. He could have easily been a stone thrower by passing Mutai and taunting him about the mistake. Instead Iván helped prevent a horrible injustice from happening to Mutai by helping him cross the finish line first. And, by doing so Iván gained a much bigger victory than if he had won the race.

Let Us Be Stonecatchers

In Matthew 25:34-40 it says, “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 

“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

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We are in a world full of stone throwers, where people seek to take advantage of others for their weaknesses or mistakes. Let us all be stonecatchers, standing in between the stones and the victims and help prevent the stones from hitting their targets. 

Key Takeaways

Here are some of my key takeaways from this episode:

  1. Not throwing stones is step one in treating others with compassion, but step two is trying to catch stones thrown by others.
  2. We shouldn’t take advantage of other people’s mistakes. Instead, we should do what we can to help them “win”. In doing so, we can achieve much greater victories.
  3. When we are serving others, we are serving the Lord.
  4. Let us all be stonecatchers, standing in between the stones and the victims, helping prevent the stones from hitting their targets.

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    Nathan Gwilliam

    Nathan Gwilliam

    I help organizations navigate tectonic shifts that are transforming the business landscape, so they can optimize marketing, accelerate profits, and make a greater difference for good.

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