This is your B moment. Your moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Matthew 25:40 (ESV)
Today I am reflecting on that all-too-familiar phrase “those people.”
The 2020 presidential election revealed that the United States is still a very divided nation where tribalism seems to reign supreme. Many will refer to those who oppose their political views as “those people.”
Even as Christians, we can find ourselves caught up in the whirlwind in the back and forth attacks, becoming entrenched in our positions and unwilling to budge. What I know for sure is that when I am in this place, I lose sight of who Christ asks me to be in these moments.
When I turn to the Scriptures, I am reminded about the parable of the Good Samaritan. One day, a lawyer attempted to justify his own actions by questioning Jesus about what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. The man asked Jesus who his neighbor was. Jesus responded by telling him the story about the Good Samaritan.
In the story, a man was attacked by robbers and left for dead on the side of the road. After a priest and a Levite, two upstanding figures in the community, chose to ignore the man, a Samaritan came along and showed him compassion.
Samaritans were treated as outcasts. Culturally, it would have been unthinkable for a Samaritan to help a Jew. They were looked upon as “those people.” Yet Jesus uses a Samaritan to show us that to love one’s neighbor involves also showing compassion to those you are not in relationship with.
As you think about that, remember these words: “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 (ESV)
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So today, think compassion.