In modern terms, the Old Testament Prophet Jonah would be called a racist.
He hated the people of Nineveh, so he refused to follow God’s command to preach to them and ran from God.
Jonah took a ship at sea, a violent storm came, so the sailors tossed Jonah, and he was swallowed by a huge fish.
For 72 hours, Jonah cried to God from that fish, then the fish spit Jonah out on dry land.
Finally, Jonah preached to wicked Nineveh, they responded to God’s grace.
Jonah then, unbelievably, became angry at God for being merciful.
You see, Jonah would have been happier to “Nuke the Ninevites.”
But the story ends with God saying, “Should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh?”
This is our task today.
To have concern for all the great cities of people, no matter their race or heritage,
“To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.”
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