“Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them” (Acts 8:5).

All of us have a “them” in our lives. “Them” are the people whom our mothers and fathers warned us about. “Them” are the people who are always the bad guys in the weekly sermons. “Them” are the people who have betrayed our most precious beliefs. How much easier and far more religiously acceptable if we just keep our distance, and continue bashing and demonizing “them” like everyone around us. There’s only one problem: Christ came for “them” too! In our very divided world of “us” and “them,” God is calling us to stop talking “about them” with our peers and to start speaking “to them” about Jesus. And through faith in the gospel, “them” miraculously becomes “us.”

“So there was much rejoicing in that city” (Acts 8:8).

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