Democrat. Republican. Liberal. Conservative. Blue state. Red state.
What a state of confusion!
We are labeled and categorized by self-proclaimed pundits in the media and pollsters. If we live in a certain part of the United States or are from a certain ethnic or religious group, we are likely to be stereotyped. We are expected to most likely vote with this group or support a particular ballot measure. Thus, when one encounters an individual who does not fit the expected profile, eyebrows are raised and expectations are shattered and the clarion call is uttered, “You’re not supposed to live here!”
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
John 1:45-46 (ESV)
Nazareth was a small town, overshadowed by its prestigious neighbor, Jerusalem. A modern translation of Nathanael’s pejorative statement might be, “Why would I waste my time with anyone coming for this hick town?” Apparently, not much has changed in thousands of years! Imagine Nathanael’s surprise as He is drawn into the inner circle of Jesus followers and becomes one of His disciples. Nothing good from Nazareth, indeed!
God’s Truth is revealed by confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Jesus transcends all artificial barriers and boundaries that man creates. Many of the Jews and people of His day ignored Him for many of these reasons. I pray that we can all be not so quick to judge a person’s character by their race, culture, or geographic origins. We, like God, should look at the heart of our fellow man.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.