A Common Plight

 As Jesus went to Jerusalem, He passed between Samaria and Galilee.  As He entered a village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood at a distance.  They lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

 When He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned with a loud voice glorifying God,and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan                                                                              Luke 17: 11-16

Yesterday I talked about the U.S. Senate, and their collective failure to step across the aisle to know one another and work together despite the crises that we are facing as a nation. I alluded to a Bible story of the ten lepers who, in their pain and loss, came together and sought Jesus as the solution to their problem. Problems change, but the solution doesn’t.

Those ten lepers that I talked about were both Jews and Gentiles, bound together in their misery of leprosy. In their plight, they saw that the thing that they had in common- the misery of leprosy- was bigger than the thing that separated them. Their cultural and religious heritage paled in comparison to the life-threatening disease with which they were commonly cursed. Their common need brought them together to seek the healing touch of Jesus. Upon encountering Jesus, he told them to go and seek the priest, and as they did, they were healed along the way. As they obeyed his words, they went on their way following his command, and they were healed.

So today, I think that obedience to the commands of Jesus, to seek his healing, will save the day. People on both sides of the political aisle must seek the good of the people they serve, as God would have them do, and our nation can be healed. But it will not be a political party or path that heals us. It will be submission to the commands of the loving God who put them in place to serve as they were elected.

Both political parties have valid points to make. Neither has the corner on the truth. Only as we submit to the truth that each group has something to offer for the common good can we move toward healing.

Is this idealistic? Of course it is. Just as the gospel is foolishness to those who scoff at it.

Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to yield to you as the solver of our problems. That problem is, our distance from you, Amen.

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