Several times in my life I have been warned by people to “stay away” from certain places. Those places are dangerous, they are places where you can “get into trouble”; they are places where Christians aren’t “supposed to go”; and a few other reasons. Honestly, I don’t listen very well to the advice of others. It’s a defect that I was born with. But seriously, I kept thinking about the things I read about Jesus and how He went to the places and hung out with the people that good little Jewish boys just weren’t supposed to. Here at Christmas time, when we celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world, I think: “What if Jesus would have stayed in safety and never entered into the brokenness of humankind?”.
Daniel Hill writes, “We have people trying to solve problems from a distance, and their solutions don’t work, because until you get close, you don’t understand the nuances and details of the problem. And I am persuaded that there is actually power in proximity.”
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Yet, I have heard these words from Christians: “Don’t touch them, they are dirty” (speaking of the Gypsy). “Do you know what kind of girl she is?” “Christians aren’t supposed to go into those places.” “That area of town is dangerous.”
Wish I had the space to tell you what I have experienced when I didn’t listen very well to those voices, but instead obeyed the voice that said, “All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go make disciples of ALL…” I don’t know about ya’ll, but I am glad Jesus didn’t choose safety. I am glad He chose to live amid a broken, suffering, and dangerous world.
Geaux Tigers, Barry
Published on Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 1:47 PM EDT