SHARING IS CARING 2
‘How can they hear, unless someone tells them?’ Romans 10:14 CEV
Jerusalem two thousand years ago was no stranger to infection. Leprosy was highly infectious. In order to prevent the disease spreading, the community created certain rules: lepers were ordered to wear a sign, ring a bell (like a cow - yeah, just a bit demeaning), keep their distance. This way, they thought, the threat of catching and passing on the illness could be contained.
Jerusalem two thousand years ago also knew the dangers of moral corruption. Or teachings from another faith. Or other people’s world views. Avoid mixing with non-Jewish types. Don’t eat with a tax collector. Don’t trade ideas with a Roman. Avoid the sinner (like you would a leper). This way a good Jewish boy could remain a good Jewish boy.
And then Jesus came. He broke bread with tax collectors. He hung about with prostitutes. He touched lepers. Actually touched them. He seemed to be a law unto himself. Jesus hung out with the outcasts. Instead of being infected himself; He infected others. He infected the forgotten with dignity and humanity. He infected screw-ups with second chances. He infected sinful people with the holiness germ. Who are the forgotten in your circles? Who are the urban lepers?
For every time you hear someone sneeze today, try to (naturally) share something about God or your faith in your conversation (try not to get sneezed on though... wrong kind of infection).