This summer at KIVU we hosted a Summer Country Southern Christmas. Taking cues from our friends over at Duck Dynasty, we had beards, camo, and lots of laughs to host our evening. The unusual part of this adventure was the list of party goers.
I know, some of you are wondering, "how in the world can you bring all those people together?" But I must assure you, from personal experience, IT'S POSSIBLE!!
We had people speaking Southern.
People dancing to Jingle Bells.
Some were speaking Arabic.
While others were asking, "Is this how all Christmas parties go?" Not knowing anything of the christmas culture in America!! HA!!
It was an absolute BLAST!
The Lesson I learned after watching all these people groups come together is pretty simple, God sees people. Sure, I know there are categories of people that ride right along cultural lines, economic lines, and even religious lines. I know we're good at creating the Us. Versus Them. Narrative in the world, but think about it just for a second....
When Jesus came to the world, the lines that man created didn't intimidate Him.
He didn't see the heart of people any further than where they were in the moment.
In the Jesus paradigm, he didn't segregate Samaritan and Jew, Rich or Poor, or even Men and Women. He gave HIs whole attention to people beyond the boundaries mankind created.
It begs the question of us all, "Who are the people of the world we are most intimidated by, and why?"
I know the purpose of creating group think brings with it an air of security. We know how people think in our group. We know how people react in our group. We even know how they will handle us when we fail. But when you open the boundaries to see most of the world is simply trying to meet the most basic needs of humanity, the heart of Jesus begins to shine through.
He ate with the Tax Collectors.
He spoke with the Pharisees.
He gave hope to the Samaritans.
He welcomed the Zealots into His inner circle.
He even went so far as to pick out the blue collar workers to become the foundation of faith going forward.
This summer we had the sacred privilege to live the heart of Jesus with our friends from all sorts of different places. And you know what? In the end, we saw the strangest relationships begin to develop.
We saw Christians loving Muslims.
We saw Rich loving Poor.
We saw Old loving young.
We saw Men loving Women (in the most real, honest, non-agenda sort of way)
It's a beautiful thing to witness, as the people involved in the KIVU family are willing to Live Life WITH One Another, Rather than creating spaces where they have to Live Life AT One Another.
Oh, and the Christmas party....
The kids from Jordan will never celebrate Christmas the same again!!