Jesus Transforms Mindsets About Racism
By Charmaine Moses
14 March 2017
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
There were huge racial tensions between Jews and Samaritans. Jews regarded Samaritans as half breeds and never wanted to interact with them. Jesus talks to this Samaritan woman, a woman of a different race and ethnicity. Through his actions, he demonstrates the love of God for all humanity regardless of race, colour or culture.
Jesus asks this woman for water. Her reply is, “Sir you have nothing to draw water with and the well is deep.” Jews avoided drinking from non-Jews, fearing contamination resulting in uncleanness. Jesus breaks this attitude of prejudice by asking the woman for water. He then offers her living water.
- Transformation that brings about permanent change begins with us. In your group, honestly evaluate our country’s view on racism.
- How can we make a difference in changing perception and building a united nation?