How do you look at people? Do you look at those who are different than you and judge them? Do you snicker at how they look? Are you willing to get to know someone who is different than you? Can you look at them as a child of God?
We live in a culture that views anyone who is different than us as an outsider. We judge their looks, their clothes, their language, and so much more. We like to say we don’t, yet we do. We don’t want to get to know them and certainly don’t want our friends to know if we did. We are afraid we will become an outsider.
Yet Jesus was counter-cultural and He calls us to be counter-cultural as well. Jesus sought out those who were considered to be outsiders. He sought out those who were less fortunate. He sought out those who were sinners. He came to be their Savior, just as He came to be our Savior.
We are called to love God’s children. It is true that Scripture points out we are to give more immediate attention to those who are followers of Christ. Yet we are also to love all of God’s children, whether they follow Christ or not. Of course, that doesn’t mean we have to agree with their behavior, their actions, or their current state.
Jesus sent the Apostles out to spread the gospel and bring more into the fold. He also sends us out to do the same. We are to see opportunities to help others come to Jesus. We are called to simply state the good news of Jesus Christ. It is not our job to choose for the other person whether to believe or not.
We are to be non-discriminating of who we spread the gospel to. We are to be non-discriminating of who we love. We are to be non-discriminating of who we will serve in the name of Jesus. We are to welcome all into the body of Christ.
Many of us will scoff at the notion of serving those we don’t like, those who are different. We will decide not to spread the gospel to them. We will decide to judge them. We will decide to turn our backs on them. Yet that is disobedience to God.
I pray we all decide to love all of God’s children. I pray we decide to tell others about the saving grace provided through Jesus’ sacrifice. I pray each of us will learn to see the outsider and welcome them in. Trust God. Know we are all God’s children. See others as God sees them. Trust God to lead you.
Colossians 3:11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.