Leading More Like Jesus
In this 25th anniversary article, Sami DiPasquale draws on his experience in cross-cultural relationships and sees how Jesus has modeled the way in loving our neighbors well.
How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria? John 4:9 (NRSV)
When Jesus interacted with the Samaritan woman at the well, he was choosing to enter into a social situation fraught with tension. Jews and Samaritans shared a long history of hostility and distrust. They harbored religious disagreements and contempt, political differences, distinctive cultures and social norms, and divided ethnic heritage. Jews despised Samaritans. It was a polarized world. What’s more, according to Jewish custom men were expected to avoid speaking with women in public. Not only did Jesus speak to a woman, he spoke with a woman of loose sexual ethics. His disciples were scandalized. Continue Reading