Who are in the Margins? Who are the marginalized? They are the neglected or ignored. They are the stranger, the immigrant, the homeless and the poor.
Join us this month as we kick off a new series, “Jesus in the Margins,” about how Jesus invites us to care about the marginalized. We will push into deeper understanding and application of this side of Jesus’ nature. We have already had a small taste of this. Just a week ago, a group from Outpour took a first step toward connecting with the homeless community in St Louis, through a partnership with New Life Evangelical Center. Here is what Esther, a medical student at Outpour, wrote about her experience:
What I saw was astounding. Not only did we see individuals sleeping on the side of the street, but we also found “hidden” homeless communities with makeshift tents and tarps put together under freeways and in unheated old buildings. I have seen a lot of poverty in other countries, but it was something entirely different to see it in my own city, only a 10 minute drive from the warm, dry home in which I live.
This is only a first step for us, but taking the time to physically visit the forgotten places of our city is already changing us, because Jesus is waiting for us there. He meets us as we connect with the marginalized, in fact He counts our care for them as service to Himself:
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
While many look to the mainstream, Jesus leads us to the marginalized; He specifically emphasized that we not ignore those in the margins. While many seek the powerful and the affluent, Jesus leads us to the voiceless and the poor, to the distant and diverse, to the lost and the misfits. We find Jesus in the Margins.
Why follow Jesus to the Margins? How do we go there together? What can we expect to experience? Come walk with us for the next few weeks as we venture farther into to the Margins together.