As we talked about in Tuesday's podcast, Nineveh was not just a place that Jonah preferred to avoid simply because "bad company corrupts good character," it had a reputation for violence, war, and general unsafety for non-natives of the city. As we reflect on how to love our neighbor in light of this passage, I want us to stand in the shoes of both sides.
First, are we afraid to reach out to those around us who have a reputation for violence - for those who intentionally create environments of unrest and terror? If so, how can we begin to gain God's perspective for these people who are our brothers and sisters?
Second, have we ourselves become know for a reputation of violence and aggression among our neighbors? Perhaps we're not throwing punches or bombs, but maybe our speech is more caustic than needed toward our neighbors. How can we watch for the Jonahs coming our way and be ready to hear what they have to say?
About the Author
Isaac Gaff is the Managing Director of Worship and Creative Arts at Calvary UMC