Irrespective of color, status, or lifestyle everyone deserves to be treated with civility. And there’s nothing more equalizing than the gospel and no one like the Maker of humans to humanize the dehumanized.
Rahabs of all sorts need friends––sincere, non-judgmental friends––a rare possession of the dehumanized, to be sure. “Othering” people and befriending them are contradictory behaviors. Friends don’t refer to their friends as inanimate objects: “Those gays, those homeless, those democrats…”
Human warmth is not the norm for society’s throwaways, whose ability to connect with others on a deep level is damaged. They’re wrecked for authentic human connection altogether, which gives us all the more reason to be safe enough for them to give connection a try.
Is this not the very essence of good news bearing?
– Originally published in Reaching Rahab: Joining God In His Quest For Friends