Greet ’em All: The Introvert’s Worst Bible Verse

And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same?

Matthew 5:47

Just sayin’, as an introvert this verse pretty well stinks. I mean, really. If there’s anything we’re bad at, it’s greeting people. And if there’s anyone we’re uncomfortable greeting, it’s people we’re not already friends with. Yet this goes along in Scripture with Jesus saying “Love your enemies” and all that jazz. So if we’re going to take Him seriously on that, we also need to take Him seriously on this. As if that weren’t rough enough, “greet” doesn’t just mean “hi.” It’s a much more hospitable and genuine exchange of good will and concern. It’s kind of like small talk (enough of a menace to we introverts), but even worse because it requires that we gather genuine interest in people with whom we’re not already comfortable.

So, basically, Jesus just kicked us all were it hurts. Even extraverts. How many of you guys are quick to give people outside of your usual circles such a warm interaction, even someone as heathen and culturally different to you as a Gentile to a Jew? This, then, is an incredibly difficult task.

All I can say is thank God for the Holy Spirit, and I pray for His power to enable me to love genuinely, even in small matters with strangers.

I'm 22. I'm married with a toddler and a newborn. love Jesus Christ. I grew up a Southern Baptist and now situate myself within Evangelical Calvinism (which isn't TULIP!). I also draw substantially from N. T. Wright, Peter Leithart, and Alastair Roberts. I go to the Baptist College of Florida. I'm also a bit nerdy.