Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Church is Still Open

Ruth 3:7-11, “When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and laid down. In the middle of the night something startled the man, and he turned and discovered a woman lying at his feet. “Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.” “The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, do not be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know you are a woman of noble character.”

Boaz is an honorable man. But this isn’t the book of Boaz, it is the book of Ruth. There are a lot of good people out there and it is good to hear about the Boaz’s of this world doing the right thing, but Ruth and Naomi are forced into this predicament because of the culture they are in.

Slavery, child prostitution, starvation, and war were all part of the world that was back then and they are all part of the world which is now.

The way we treat each other is usually from cultural norms. The way we treat women, the way we treat people of a different race, the way we treat people of a different religion, the way we treat the LGBTQ community, the way we treat others is usually from cultural norms.

Jesus did not fit into the cultural norms of his time. He treated everyone as if they were a wonderful, loving, precious child of GOD… everyone.

We are in the midst of a pandemic, COVID-19. What would Jesus do?

I believe he would not fit into the cultural norms of our time.

I believe he would cry for those who have lost their lives.

I believe he would pray for those who are in the hospital.

I believe he would be with and heal the sick.

I believe he would be with and feed the hungry.

I believe he would sit at the well with the unwanted, with the immigrant.

I believe Jesus would advocate to wear a mask and social distance.

It is right to mourn those who have died, but please, pray for and understand this virus… COVID-19 is not an equal-opportunity killer. It kills Latino and black people at more than two times the rate of white people, these cases are concentrated in poorer ZIP codes. (Science Magazine 15 May, 2020 Vol-368,issue-6492)

Pray for the poor, pray for the lonely, pray for essential workers, pray for the ability to see where your cultural norms are stopping you from being Jesus in the world. We don’t have to reopen Jesus’ church. It never closed.

And please… KNOW YOU ARE LOVED! Amen!