“Theologian Karl Barth is said to have observed that the Christian of today should have a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.” from introduction to: “Paths to Prayer” by Patricia D. Brown
This statement I believe to be true. How can we be relevant to others in our world if we do not know what is happening around us?
As children we consider many adults as: ‘Not being with it’ or ‘Not cool!’ or ‘Whatever!’ As such we do not listen to someone like this, and we disrespect them, because we feel they do not really understand the current paradigm in which we live. They ‘Just don’t get it!’
What did Jesus do? He traveled in both the circles of the poor and the rich. He dined in the homes of both. He talked with both at the temple where he taught. He healed both rich and poor. What about the middle class? I am not sure that there was one in the time of Jesus. There were the haves and have-nots.
When you associate with others, as Jesus did, you begin to understand who they are and what they value. Provided you listen to them and truly care to understand what they say. I believe our Lord did care about others enough to learn what they cared about. I believe Jesus listened to others, as well as taught.
By leaving my comfort zone, staying current with society and learning about others, I can become more compassionate and loving. I think that is what we are called to be as Christians – Caring, Loving, Real and Present individuals to others we meet.