Happy Thursday! I’m so glad to be back writing again this week for all of you! I hope that all of you have had a great week and that you continue to have one as we head into the weekend. Today I’m going to be talking about a topic that’s been in our news a lot recently. This is a touchy subject that many people don’t like to talk about. This is also a topic that tends to offend many people in our world today. God laid this on my heart early in the week through a quote from Lacey’s little brother, Powell (AKA PowPow.) PowPow made a statement that we don’t choose what race we are, where we’re from, or who our parents are; that we are just born that way and racism is quite stupid because of this fact. However, this topic doesn’t just extend to racism… this includes racism, sexism, and all types of bullying and discrimination.
Racism is a topic that the human race has been dealing with since the beginning of time. Even back in the Bible days, the Jews and the Samaritans didn’t mix. The Samaritans were “half breeds” according to the Jewish people, and Jews would go to extreme extents to avoid these people! Jewish people would walk all the way around the city of Samaria rather than to walk through it and be ‘associated’ with “those people.” However, it was the SAMARITAN we found helping the wounded Jewish man in the parable of The Good Samaritan. It was he who put the man on his donkey and took him to a nearby inn. It was this man who paid for his care and for his stay.
How come, we as Christians are so okay with being the Jews from this story? We are okay being the priest from the story, a high a holy person who prides themself with knowing the word of God, but when we see OUR OWN lying on the side of the road, we purposefully pass by on the other side due to lack of time or apathy. Or maybe, we’re the temple assistant who spends our time at church with the pastor, is best friends with the preacher’s kids, maybe we’re worship leaders or deacons, but when we see our friends lying on the road of life, left for dead by Satan’s schemes and destruction, we pass by him/her without a second glance.
Why don’t we strive to be like the Samaritan? To be like the man who picked up this man, put him on his own donkey, took him to an inn-where cared for him, then paid for his stay. This man is who we should admire. We should look at him and realize that this is who God has called each of us to be- to look at our fellow man, no matter race, religion, sex, status, etc… we should love ALL people, but instead, we tear people down.
I don’t know how many of you have been faced with a decision like the Samaritan man was that day. I surely haven’t seen a person lying on the road left for dead after being attacked by thieves and murderers, but I hope that if I was ever found in that situation then I would act as the Samaritan man did. However, how many times do we find ourselves being the Jewish priest or the temple assistant? We hear of people on the prayer list in church, but once we escape the four walls, we don’t think anymore of their needs, or we hear about a friend in need and promise that they could call if they ever needed anything, but when they pick up the phone to call, you answer without haste and with a groan in your voice that suggests you don’t really care at all.
God lays out his commandment for us to love very plainly in His word. In John 13:34-35, Jesus says, “So I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” God repeats multiple times that we are to love ALL PEOPLE- no matter their race, religion, etc. Today we live in a society that throws around racist comments, tears down people because of their gender, and is full of hate all around. Children as young as four years old are bullying their peers, because society breeds hate into our genes. We must take a stand to love all people, for that is the only way that there will ever be peace.
I feel as though God has laid this on my heart this week for a reason, and if you are struggling with racism or hate towards other people in your heart, then you will turn that over to God, because God does not hate, and he demands that we love all people. I’m so glad that you have come back to read again this week, don’t forget to check out Lacey’s post from this week and come back Tuesday for her next post. Big things are coming in the near future for Lacey and I, and we hope that you will stay with us to see these things come to pass. Thank you for all your support!
Be His Hands and Feet,
Luke 10:27-35 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan)
1 John 4:7-8 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”