Jesus and Social Work

I know it’s been a while since I have blogged about any thing but I thought that this was an interesting topic to blog about. I am getting my bachelors in Social Work at Thomas University. So my Co-Worker ( who is a social worker) and I were talking about what I was taking and how being compassionate and empathetic, even when uncomfortable to us, was similar to Jesus, I mean think about it. HE ate with tax collectors and Prostitutes, He had empathy for the oppressed and he hung out with people who were less than perfect.

In Social Work, Having compassion and Empathy is key to a great social worker while upholding the core values of social work as well. Social workers speak for the voiceless, and help the helpless. We sometimes are the last resort for someone. Jesus was those things. He talked to people who were looked at as the scum of the earth by the “holy People.” He gave people hope and called out the injustices of the time.In Luke 7: 38-50 ¬†that is what was happening. Remember when the prostitute washed his feet? being the time period Women were property. ¬†They were not alloyed to speak let alone have a thought with out permission. And here was a women, who was doing something that people viewed unforgivable, washing the feet of the most high. Using perfume that was probably the last of it that she had and when Simon (also known as Peter) pointed it out, Simon Who was distraught, Jesus pointed out that he didn’t do that to him! to me it shows that Jesus went against the cultural “norms” of the time. I mean if Jesus was a prophet by the standards of the time, he would have not have let this women do this. Because he saw her for her, and he had compassion, He forgave her sins and sent her on her way.

Isn’t that what we do as Social workers (minus forgiving sins)? We look at people for people. We look past the decisions that they made and the mistakes that have taken place and simply see them as people. Not looking at them for what they have done. I see a lot of the same principles in Social Work as I do in my faith. Loving my neighbor as myself and also do unto others. I just thought it was interesting. I am constantly enamored by what God does for me and what he continues to show me. I really feel he has called me to this profession and I can’t wait to see what he does in it.