As Jesus went on from there, the crowds pressed in against him. He stepped into a boat and crossed the lake, but the crowds followed him. When he got out of the boat a woman approached him.
“Lord, can you please heal my son?”
Upon hearing her Jesus looked up to heaven. Then he looked back at her and said, “I prayed to God and he revealed to me the sins in your life. I am sorry, but I cannot heal your son.”
The Pharisees and teachers of the Law looked on. They nodded in approval. Here was one truly who cared about the purity of the chosen people.
Going on from there, Jesus entered the synagogue. A man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking to test his holiness and commitment to the tradition, the teachers of the Law asked, “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath?”
He said to them, “If any of you has an animal that falls in a hole, will you not lift it out on the Sabbath? It is lawful to do good on the sabbath, to those who meet with God’s approval. This man lives a life contrary to the traditions of Moses.” Jesus then spoke to the man, “Therefore, go elsewhere to find healing, you will find no hope here among God’s people.”
The teachers of the Law nodded in approval at his answer. And the man, like the woman with her son, went away in search of hope and love.
When Christians refuse to help, treat or serve others because we disagree with their life choices…is this what Jesus would have us do?