Separate but never treated as equal…But God..

Here was a cultural dichotomy! Ostracized and hated for hundred Of years by the Jews the Samaritans lived separate lives from the Jews. They lived in the same country but they were completely separate from the Jews. They had their own religious rituals, their own holy mountain, and their own priesthood. They were strangers in a foreign land.  They were despised by the neighbors who thought that they were the one and only chosen ones. They had absolute truth and to associate with the Samaritans would defile them.  Have you heard anything similar to that today on the media? When one race, one religious sect, or one entity of any kind begins to think that the sun rises and sets on them I think of the Samaritans. What was their final end? They had a divine appointment with the Holy One of Israel, The Messiah, The Savior of the World, Jesus!

He came and set the record straight. No one human being is superior to the another.

“There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?” So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and said to the men, “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?” They went out of the city, and were coming to Him. Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. “Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. “For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.” From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” John 4:7-42

I look at the current state of our nation and I look at the little town and county in which I live.  When I look down the road and then drive down toward our town, past City Hall and on to the end of the street I can count 16 churches. That is within less than 5 miles from my front door. For every “white” church on that street, there is an equivalent black church. Within each denomination, there are splits of various kinds. A Black Methodist Church vs a White Methodist church. A Black Baptist church vs a White Baptist church There are multiple Black Pentecostal churches and 2 White pentecostal.  Are you seeing the pattern? If we continue to live like the people of Israel, during the time of Christ, then racism is glorified by the Church as acceptable and Jesus did not exemplify that as His model of love. The nation will remain divided as long as the people of God think that separate, but equal is good enough! We are the compass of ethnic acceptance. No one person in the congregation who is brown does not make the church a multicultural church. Love conquerors all things.

Maybe we should be following Jesus, model. He went to Samaria. He spoke to the women. He shared His love with her. Oh, sure enough, she tried to reach back into history and blame the Jews for what happened to her people. But that was not His agenda. He loved her as she was. She wasn’t a token experience.  She, in turn, went to tell her people about her divine appointment. An entire town was changed because of her behavior. I ask myself each day, how can I impact my town? How can I be more like Jesus and demonstrate His love to all people? The darkness that is attempting to envelop this nation exists because we – God’s children – have a hands off approach.  I am not at all interested in political correctness! We have made monuments, words, saying, and national identity more important than people. That is a grave error on our part. That is the mistake that the Samaritans and Jews made.  Jerusalem was the Jews Holy Grail. Mount Gerizim was the Samaritan’s holy grail. Saying anything against either of those religious relics would have been a politically incorrect act. It would have enraged both factions.

Have we become so separate in our ideologies that national pride supersedes Godliness? What do we worship the King of Kings or our historical objects, personages, “untouchables?”  At some point in the not too distant future, we will have to choose like Joshua. Will we be able to do what Joshua did? No, not what he said – what he did. I can not claim to be a citizen of  The Kingdom of God then become so attached to worldly things that I am willing to create a social war over those objects. My message to the world – especially on social media cannot be that “socialism”, political rhetoric, and or political figureheads are first and or correct even when they chose to make the wrong choices and say the wrong things.  My message on social media must Christ focused. Soaked in the love that flows from the Holy Spirit to all men, and tempered with the same grace that I expect from Jesus. Separate but not equal is not acceptable to Jesus so it should not be acceptable to us either. I will never attend an all black church because I don’t live in an all black community. Love does not look first at the color of a person’s skin. Love loves simply because that is its function.

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