“God has shown me that he doesn’t think anyone is unclean or unfit” (Acts 10:28 CEV).
Life is so much easier without this command. Categorizing others creates distance and gives us a convenient exit strategy for avoiding involvement. Jesus took an entirely different approach. He was all about including people, not excluding them. “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood” (John 1:14 MSG).
Racism couldn’t keep him from the Samaritan woman; demons couldn’t keep him from the demoniac. Jesus spent thirty-three years walking in the mess of this world.
In our lifetimes you and I are going to come across some discarded people. Sometimes tossed out by a church. And we get to choose. Neglect or rescue? Label or love? We know Jesus’ choice. After all, look at what he did with us.