Are You Tolerant Enough to Follow Jesus?

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Now he (Jesus) had to go through Samaria.”  John 4:4

The narrow way cannot be traveled with a narrow mind.  Jews would literally walk miles out of their way to avoid setting foot in Samaria.  Their hatred of the half breeds sandwiched between their two prime territories makes the story of the good Samaritan enough for any normal Jew to hate Jesus for suggesting there could be such a thing as a morally superior Samaritan.  In order to follow Jesus the disciples had to take the easy way to Galilee but the hard way to enlightenment.

Why Are Jews Leaving France?

A warning for all of us:  the seat of the Enlightenment, ground zero for “higher” education and the rise of humanism fostered the Holocaust.  No one believed it could happen in such an educated, civilized, religious place like Germany.  Civilization, education, and religion are merely water on snakeskins that John the Baptist warned about as people came asking him to wash away their sins (Luke 3:7-8).  The gospel is the penetrating power to change us and turn us into people who can not only tolerate the stranger, but also to love an enemy.

The story out of France this week:
“Today Jews are migrating out of France, and this is occurring in increasingly larger numbers. This migration starts within France, as a mere change of locations. In Greater Paris, middle-class Jewish families are deserting neighborhoods that have been engulfed by more recent immigrants from Africa and the Near East. These new immigrant images (2)populations have proven prone to violence, and as radical Muslims, many entertain negative views about Jews and Judaism. Harassment, arson, and assault are frequent. There have been several murders. Even the liberal-minded Imam Hassan Chalghoumi of Drancy, who advocates friendly relations with Christians and Jews, was threatened and assaulted.” (full story here)