33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him... 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
At the Catalyst convention last week Dave Gibbons was talking about us loving others. He used the story of the good Samaritan as an example, and said, "we need to love those that are unlike us". It was one of those lines in a sermon that just slip on by in a moment of time, but impact us far beyond that.
It is easier to love those that are like us. Those that are within our Oikos. The old saying "birds of a feather, flock together," applies to Christians as well. This speaker challenged me to look in my life and see who I am loving that is unlike me. In fact if we take it to extreme that Jesus did, it would be the person that is the polar opposite of me.
How about you, do you only love those that are like you? Or are you willing to love the different?