Most of the posts I do focus on the Christian perspective, how our path is guided by God and His Son Jesus. However, how do we see others who are not Christian? And as important, how should we look at the world as Christians?
Our world is made of a diverse cultures, religions, traditions and views that are used to see our world, through the eyes of many different peoples. When we take a look at the world, do we see this diversity, or do we simply see thing’s as Christian and non-Christian? As I stated in “what will you do in 2018” I made reference to the good Samaritan, (Luke 10:25-37) and the woman at the well (John 4), to illustrate that Christ looked at those who were not Jew’s, in the same way as he looked at those who were Jew’s like Him. He saw them of creations of God, brothers and sisters, rather than non-Jew’s.
One may say that he looked at the Pharisees and Sadducees through a more critical point of view, and this is true. This may have been in part, because, they cared more about wealth and power than serving God. However, we do not see where Jesus condemned them because of who they were, rather, He condemned their actions towards God’s people, in favor of their own personal gain.
So how, then, do we see the world?
Take time to think about how you act towards others, towards people of different cultures, religions and traditions. I am sure they may seem very different than you own, they may seem difficult to understand. When considering this, how do you think these people see you culture or religion and traditions. It is safe to say that we are just as different to them as they are to us.
The more important question here is. How do we treat those who are different than we are? Do we turn our backs? Do we distance ourselves from what we do not understand? Or Like Christ, we embrace our differences?
Consider that Jesus spent time with the poor and dying, the lepers and other out casts from which society turned their backs on. As Christians we are called to follow in the path that Christ paved for us. We are to embrace, as he did, others whom we may not understand and in doing so, we may come to a place of understanding. We may actually find that in fact we are not as different as we make ourselves to be.
Take time to consider how you are looking at the world, then consider how Jesus taught us to see the world.
Pastor Lisa Chachula