After having experienced resistance from "their own" in every city, Paul and Silas arrived in Berea. Also in this town they followed the pattern and went to the Jews first, which of course meant to visit the synagogue and preach there, but the atmosphere was different:
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in ThessalonicaIt's fun to look at the concept of "nobler character" which comes from the Greek root word: εὐγενής (Eugene - composed of "well/good" and "born/gene"). What was the attitude that got Luke to conclude that these Jews were "well born"?
Acts 17: 11a
Simply the fact that “they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true”. The ideal for a good Jew was just “openness to the Word” and examination of the Scriptures to determine whether a doctrine was from God.
We feel safe together with our "own" because we have the same starting point; we are "well-born" (read: reborn); we have the same "genes" (read: spiritual genes) and should therefore also have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (1).
That is not always the reality neither for me nor for my "own". That can cause conflicts (2). The best cure is to accept the "word" and examine "the Scriptures".
I want to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.--------------------
(1) Phil 2:5
(2) Acts 17:13