Luke 10 : 33, NASB
“But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion…”
God’s Kingdom transcends skin color, ethnicity, and national identities. It is of high importance to make sure we don’t make our nationalities our idols. See "Suffering For Jesus" for more discussion about identity and suffering for Christ's Kingdom. In writing that post, I couldn’t help but recall the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). This parable is powerful, because it shows one person reaching out, across religious and cultural differences and prejudices, to serve another fellow human in need.
“After Islamist militants began marking the homes of Christians in red paint with the Arabic letter “N” (Nazarene) for extermination or expropriation…Muslims and minorities across Iraq immediately sensed the gravity of the tactics deployed by the Islamic State: if one group is marked, we are all marked. If we stand by in silence today while others are marked for extinction, our time will come, and there will be no one left to stand for us. In response, Muslims across Iraq joined together in protest, prayer, and viral photographs saying “We are Iraqi. We are Christians.”…
“…a Muslim movement that says, “We are all Christians,” is subversive in the most daring of ways. It taunts the Islamic State and says to suffering neighbors, “Doctrine aside, we see your humanity. You should not be marked for extermination. If they’ve marked you, then we will mark ourselves. If they come for you, they can come for us, as well… (emphasis added)
“Iraqi Muslims have said they are Christians — not because they have converted to Christianity, but because they see themselves in their Christian neighbors… Will [Americans] kneel down with them on this Jericho road or is it too difficult to regard them as our own?” (emphasis added)
That. Is. Powerful.
My prayer is that we would ask our Father to help us train our eyes to see beyond skin color, religion, socio-economic status, language, and to start seeing “those others” as humans just like ourselves.
My prayer is that we would see even beyond a person’s actions or deeds and believe that every person can be redeemed.
My prayer is that our hearts would be softened and full of compassion, regardless of who we might encounter.
My prayer is that we would be motivated to be proactive in acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly (Micah 6:8), and not simply react to needs around us.
My prayer is that we would willing to kneel beside anyone on the road to Jericho.
I pray these things because there is worth, value, and dignity in every human being.