Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” (John 4:27)
Read: Joshua 15:20 – 17:18
Relate: Have you ever known someone who gets so hung up on propriety that they completely miss the point? Have you ever been that person? A couple decades back human videos were all the rage in Christian circles. In fact, the very reason Carmen and Ray Boltz existed as musicians was for the sole purpose of supplying youth groups more fodder with which to create and perform more human videos. (Speaking of “propriety”, am I even allowed to say Ray Boltz’s name anymore?) I remember a time when one of the best drama groups I have ever seen did probably one of the best human videos I have ever seen. This wasn’t your typical simple melodramatic act out the words and try to stay with the beat affairs. This was artistic. It was dramatic. It was worthy of being used outside the four confining walls of Christian subculture. Good thing too because the music they did this act to was Korn. Now those of you reading who have not given a shocked and enraged gasp when reading that, it is probably because you are so entrenched in our Christian subculture that you don’t even know who Korn is. They are the devil’s music. At least that is what the president of the Bible college we all attended wanted to make sure we understood. In case we weren’t aware he said point blank with no loopholes we might get around that no follower of Jesus would use such evil music in this way. No good Christian would associate with Korn.
No good Christian should associate with a Samaritan woman either. Apparently somebody needed to tell Jesus that He wasn’t being very Christlike in His associations. He is hurting His witness. Just think how many among the Jewish crowds will pack up their bags and huff away if word of this gets out. Talking to a woman in private? Not just a woman… this is a Samaritan woman! Somebody needs to put a stop to it. If He continues down this road we might next find Him hugging lepers or having dinner with tax collectors. Oh yah, sorry Levi, forgot about that.
React: Do we let our propriety interfere with the grace of God? In our Christianized subculture have we defined sin in such a way that we are potentially limiting the move of God through us? Jesus was sinless. This is an historical fact, but this was also the exact opposite of the view many Pharisees had of Him. He healed, He harvested on the Sabbath. He openly violated over and over again cleanliness and purity laws. He was a drunkard and a glutton. (So they claimed) Have we created similar rules and laws within our own culture that a true follower of Jesus would care little about? Reaching the lost, like that Samaritan woman, was far more important to Jesus than maintaining propriety before those who called themselves disciples of Jesus.
Dear God, help me to never let my cultural biases interfere with the advancement of Your Kingdom. Don’t let my limited understanding of what is good stand against Your working out the greatest. Be the Lord even over my petty rules. Let Your grace always triumph over the legalism I wasn’t even aware I was harboring.