Skin Deep: Skin In The Game-Wednesday
"The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”
When Jesus met the woman in today’s story, He knew before He even spoke to her that she wasn’t like Him. She was a Samaritan; He was a Jew. There was a pretty long history between her people and His, a history that was fraught with misunderstanding, mistreatment, and misguided values. Sound like any other history you know? I think the people in our country could pretty easily identify with the kind of barrier that existed between Jews and Samaritans. And the truth is that kind of barrier, the one that separates people of different racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, is a pretty tough barrier to break down. It’s one that’s been built over hundreds of years and people are still adding bricks to it today, trying to make it higher and stronger. But like we learned yesterday, Jesus is a demo master and reconciliation, including racial reconciliation, is a top priority for Him. When God reconciled us, He didn’t just tolerate us. He gave us a value that was beyond, even in spite of, His past experience with us. That’s what we have to do with racial reconciliation, except that we don’t give value to others. We recognize the value that Christ gave them, no matter how our past experience, education, or personal bias informs us that we should feel about them. That’s the barrier that Jesus was destroying when He reached out to the Samaritan woman for a drink. It didn’t matter how many hundreds of years of animosity lay between His people and hers; all that mattered to Christ was she meant something to God and He was sent to save her.
- Take a look through your phone and make a list of the last 10 people you’ve called and/or texted. How many of them have the same racial, cultural, or socio-economic background as you?
- Listen to this 10 minute talk by David Bailey on how you can tear down racial, cultural, or socio-economic barriers in your community.