Well, I don’t know if I can support this Biblically, but it sure is practical. Nurses often have the reputation of being clean freaks and this nurse is no different. For the second time in the last several months, I have witnessed fellow church volunteers use the bathroom and then walk out without washing their hands. GROSS!!!
No, I’m not some kind of bathroom monitor, but over a decade and half in health care makes it difficult not to notice. And sadly, I find it all too common. In fact, in a busy public restroom like at a movie theater or at a sports stadium, I have witnessed this several times within a matter of minutes. If you’re under the impression that I’m just referring to men, you’re wrong. Ask my wife about the woman at the movie theater who was biting her fingernails and eating popcorn afterwards.
Besides just being poor hygiene and a violation of the most basic infection control practices, this is just disgusting! I expect more out of human beings and even hold church volunteers/ministers to a higher level. If your going to be shaking hands, placing your hands on equipment, and loving on people in general, it is imperative that you wash your hands. Nobody wants your “private” life made public. Excellence in ministry goes beyond what you do when in plain sight of others. When your representing the Gospel, everything you do should reflect that responsibility, yes, even what you do behind closed doors.
Whether you’re of average Joe or Mother Teresa caliber, you are not exempt. Wash your hands after using the bathroom. Or at the very least, keep your hands to yourself.