Whilst I was at church on my first weekend back in Israel, after the service I noticed something amazing;
There was an Arab family in the hallway as I was leaving, I had not seen this couple and their daughter who was only about 4 years old or so. I introduced myself to the man but didn’t think he spoke much English. I was just leaving and I noticed the little girl tugging on the sleeve of her friend another girl the same age, who had blonde hair and Jewish.
It took me back to see this, with all these attempts at meetings between nations on peace, when you realise any kind of prejudice in human beings is not preinstalled in us but is sadly picked up around us. For all the problems that exist between Arabs, Jews and Christians, its us needing to be like children as Jesus mentions here:-
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.