Unclean, Unwanted and Segregated
One of the few times in history has there been people with leprosy. An awful disease that is described in the Bible and, more importantly, how people not afflicted with this disease respond to those with the disease.
People are seen as unclean and no longer welcome in the community. Others are told not to touch them as the disease will spread to them and infect their bodies. These are extremely powerful words that paint an unloving and unwelcoming, standoffish picture of loneliness, separation and fear. It could said these attributes go both ways.
If you get a chance pay a visit to your local rescue mission and talk to the people, visit with the people and let them know you’ll be back when time permits. If you do this be sure and stick to your word as the people at the mission have heard unfilled promises long enough to become cynical. You spend time with them and they will share stories of hope with you. Isn’t this what Paul says, what Jesus teaches and God commands?
1 Timothy 1 NKJV
3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
4 nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,
6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk,
7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,
9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,
11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust