The Heart of the Gospel is Loving People.
Watch this video filmed in Israel and read Luke 10:25–37 along with Pastor Tim.
The Priest & Levite both passed by the other side. May we never become so religious that we do not care for people that are not like us and that are in need.
The first question the priest and levite asked was, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me? But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop and help this man, what will happen to him?” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Jews hated Samaritans. Samaritans were a mixed breed. They intermarried. They worship many false gods. They fought the Jews. Thus the Jews despised the Samaritans.
Denis Leary said, “Racism isn’t born, folks. It’s taught. I have a two-year old son. You know what he hates — naps.”
There is no racist gene. It is learned and experienced. Ignorance is a lack of experience.
I am thankful for my parents taking me and my brothers to Pakistan for 2 years to serve refugees in Muzaffarabad. I was exposed to a different world, culture, food, language, religion, and people. Because of that experience, I see people as people no matter the color or culture.
My greatest prayer for Discovery is that we would be a diverse family of God. If you are going to get in the way of diversity here among us, than allow me to show you the door!
Racism is not a skin issue. Racism is a sin issue.
James 2:8–9 says, “Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 9 But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.”
How do we neighbor those different from us?
1. Recognize any prejudices.
The definition of prejudice is prejudging or preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.
Once again, ignorance is a lack of experience.
Have you ever thought one of the following: Rich people are snobs. Heavy people are lazy. Younger generation does not want to work. Mega pastors are crooks. Old people cannot teach. White guys cannot jump.
If you say I’m not racist, but… You might be racist and need to repent.
2. Seek to understand others.
Romans 10:12–13 says, “Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the lord will be saved.”
There is only one true race, the human race, and Jesus gave His life for us!
During an interview, Bruce Lee was asked if he thought of himself as Chinese or American. He simply replied, “I think of myself as a human being.”
Galatians 3:28 says, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
3. Love those different from you.
In 1996, Keshia Thomas risked her own safety to protect a white supremacist when a fight broke out on the street. This is what she had to say after protecting the man.
“The biggest thing you can do is just be kind to another human being.”
Loving people can come down to eye to eye contact, or a smile. It doesn’t have to be a huge monumental act.
Racism is not just the presence of hatred. It is the absence of love.
God loves Asian American, African American, Latin Americans, Native Americans, Americans who have cats. God loves Cubans, Hondurans, Nigerians, Jamaicans, Koreans, Malaysians, Canadians, Pakistani’s, Iranians, Croatians, Russians.
God created everyone. Heaven will be amazingly diverse!
If you have a problem with people from different cultures now, you will have a huge problem with Heaven!
Revelation 7:9–10 says, “After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”
It is not a skin issue, but rather a sin issue. It is not acceptable to God, and it is not acceptable to us!
Jesus didn’t say who to neighbor, but how to neighbor. Cross the streets or the tracks or the river.
by Tim O'Carroll
WHAT IS YOUR NEXT STEP?
1. Start the How to Neighbor Bible Plan
2. Join us this Saturday, September 24 for Love Your Neighbor! Sign up here: www.DiscoveryChurch.co/LoveYourNeighbor
3. How will you love your neighbor: reconcile a relationship, invite someone to dinner, start a conversation?