The Greatest Teacher of All

Last week in a Bible Class I was teaching, I showed a video and asked some questions of my students: Does Jesus hate religion? Are we inf...

Last week in a Bible Class I was teaching, I showed a video and asked some questions of my students:
Does Jesus hate religion? Are we influenced by others to be in opposition to other people? 
Here is the video I showed them:
  Some thought, well Jesus doesn't hate religion because Jesus doesn't "hate" and one astute student said "no, He doesn't hate religion because religion shows devotion. Jesus wants us to have devotion. Devotion to him." So then I asked them "do you think that we are influenced to make assumptions about people, which in turn can bring us in opposition to those people"? When I first asked the question there was dead silence in the room. Some students looked at the floor, I could tell they were uncomfortable with the question that I was posing. Slowly students began to speak up, they spoke of homeless people, of muslims, of prostitutes, of homosexuals. As conversation flowed the students opened up about their views of these groups of people. I asked them when the word "homeless" is spoken what is the first thing that they think? What is the first word that comes to their mind? They said phrases such as "lazy","drug addict", 'they just need to get a job". Then I said let's think about that. 
Let's take a person who is homeless and living on the streets:
1. Transportation - they do not have a vehicle to go search for a job
- they do not have money to ride the bus
2. Even if they could get somewhere to fill out an application what are 
they going to put for their home address? How will someone call 
them to set up an interview if they do not have a phone?
3. If they get an interview where are they going to get clean clothes and
a shower because they have been living on the streets?

 It became very quiet in the room and I could sense the compassion flow. I could tell their spirits had turned from a critical view to one of desiring understanding. The discussion went from "topic to topic" from "label to label". They began to break down the assumptions that they had. I was so proud of these students. As they contemplated and discussed they tore down the walls that had been built in their hearts and minds.
 I am hopeful for this generation.......that they will care less about being "right"
and more about loving others.
May those of us who teach be mindful of what we model.
May we reflect the greatest teacher of all......Jesus.

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Cindy Fincher: The Greatest Teacher of All
The Greatest Teacher of All
Cindy Fincher
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