Breaking Down the Barriers

Have you noticed how Jesus reached out to the disenfranchised and helped them become a part?

He treated with Woman at the Well with respect – and gave her a place in society again.

He introduced himself to Zaccheaus, and Zaccheaus was instantly transformed.

He healed the blind, the leper – and they were able to become part of society again, participating in the life of society and entering again into worship in the temple.

He also tore down the misuse of the temple, returning it to a place of community and prayer instead of a place of commerce.

Jesus reached out and healed the widow’s son so that she would have someone to take care of her – keeping her from being relegated to the fringes of society.

Jesus reached out to the prostitute, accepting a foot washing from one, standing up for another – because He valued them as people.

He also treated those in the mainstream of society, those in power, with dignity. He spoke against injustice, but when they came to him with honest questions, He didn’t turn them away. He opened the doors of conversation for them as well.

Do you want to see society transformed? Together, let’s become like Jesus. Let’s value those that are on the fringes. Let’s value those who aren’t like us.

What are some practical ways that we can value others? I have some ideas, but I want to hear yours first.


2 Responses to “Breaking Down the Barriers”

  1. David Says:

    What a wonderful reminder that we need to always be looking for those that are “different.” Why ? Not only because Jesus told us to and modeled it, but becuase they are just like us. We are aliens. We don’t belong. We are shunned. “So welcome to our club, friend”


  2. Jeanine Says:

    Good points made by both Kim & David!

    We all know the PC areas to be careful, but there are soooo many more areas where we all tend to isolate others – because they are different from (or the same as) ourselves. It might be physical appearance, education, income, health, energy (too much or too little), or it could even be one’s speech (accents, phrases {hip or ancient}, intensity of talk {loud or soft-spoken}, or even the mere quantity of words {few or many}). How judgemental we often are! How eager we are to declare others (who are different) to be “wrong” or “dumb” or “different”.

    Once we have “labeled” them, it’s easy to then set-them aside from us, and to internally think of ourselves as somehow superior! God must truly hate that pride in us!

    Forgive us, Lord, for you have made each person, and love them deeply – just as they (and we) are!

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