‘Do you see this woman?’
An excellent post from Mick Mooney as we think about yesterday’s and tomorrow’s demonstrations at Chick-fil-A:
Some people wonder what Jesus meant when he asked: “Do you have eyes, but fail to see?” The Pharisees, of course, thought they had better eyesight than anyone; … they were experts in seeing the sinner in the crowd. Perhaps that was the very thing that caused them to be blind?
When Jesus looked upon the people of his day, he didn’t see ‘sinners’, rather, he saw the lost sheep that God so loved he sent Jesus into the world to rescue. Jesus looked upon people with a different perspective than the Pharisees.
…It’s easy to see the sinner, but do you see the person? Do you see the lost sheep that belongs to God; that God came to find? Do you see the lost sheep, helpless and harassed, like a sheep without a Shepherd?
… When we see people the way Jesus sees them, then we truly do see. Love is the eyesight of God. Love is his opinion of everyone. Love is his way. Rescue, salvation, reconciliation and new life is God’s agenda. For Jesus came, not to condemn the world, but to save the world through himself. We serve a king who saves. A king who loves.