Blinders. Intentional ignorance. Wow! How wonderful it must be to live in such a safety bubble of privilege. What joy it must bring to not have to be fearful of pretty much anything.
A great many people (far more than those who do) do not enjoy such a safety bubble of privilege. Far more people live in fear and worry. What saddens me even more is that many of those who do enjoy such privilege claim the Christian faith as their own. The Christian faith that I know does not cling to such privilege nor use it to turn a blind eye to the needs of others.
For those who do enjoy such a life, I ask:
Suppose Jesus, upon being approached by the ten lepers, simply said to them, “I don’t see it?”
Suppose Jesus, upon meeting up with the Samaritan woman at the well, said to her, “Sorry, not my experience?”
Suppose Jesus, upon feeling his cloak being touched by the woman with the hemorrhage, kept on speaking and said, “I don’t see it?”
Suppose Jesus, when pleaded to by Mary and Martha, refused to come and said, “Sorry, not my experience?”
Suppose Jesus, upon meeting up with the man possessed by Legion, the demons, simply turned a blind eye and said, “I don’t see it?”
Suppose Jesus, standing on the mount preaching to the hungry crowd, just said, “Sorry, not my experience?”
Suppose Jesus, when approached by the friends of the crippled man, said, “I don’t see it?”
Suppose, when Jesus encountered the blind man, he said to him, “Sorry, not my experience?”
Suppose Jesus, upon seeing the woman about to be stoned, simply walked by and said, “I don’t see it?”
Suppose Jesus, turning to the thief on the cross who said to him “Save yourself,” just said to him, “You know, you’re right. Sorry, not my experience,” and came down off the cross and walked away?
The Christian faith in its simplest form is about LOVE. God sent his son Jesus Christ into the world so that we might know of his love. God didn’t say, “I don’t see it. Sorry, not my experience.” God said, “This is my Son, the beloved, in whom I am well pleased” and sent him out to love.
And hanging on the cross Jesus turned to the other thief who had said to him, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” And after that he said, “Father into your hands I commend my spirit,” and he breathed his last.
Jesus Christ died on the cross so that ALL might have eternal life.
For as it says in Galatians 3:28: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
He commands us to take up our cross and follow him. Following him means that we open our eyes to see the needs of others.
Following him means, even if something is not OUR experience, it may be the experience of someone else. We must be caring and empathetic towards the experiences of others.