HumanKind Week 18: “Why Do We Welcome?”
Why should Jesus’ people be welcomed as a transforming presence into a community that holds a low opinion of Christians? Popular media makes it tough when it portrays Christians as hypocritical and ignorant. Admittedly, sometimes we live up to that press. But, how do these descriptions align with what Jesus demonstrates in the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well? They don’t.
If we begin with the end of the story, where an entire village is transformed, we can work our way back and see how Jesus began the process. He gives us a fresh way to view our city and its people, most of whom don’t believe like Jesus’ people do. As quoted in this message, “Jesus’ people give value and worth to other people because all people are made in the image of God.” And, when we do so, remarkable things can happen.