18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (bold added)
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”That's Shalom talk. Shalom is the Old Testament word for peace and it's the major thread that holds the story of the Bible together. It's Jesus' "MO". But it's much richer than a simple English translation of peace. Shalom is what Luke 4:18-19 is all about - restoration, wholeness, reconciliation, healing, justice, freedom, fulfillment, and a fresh start. It's the vision of hope for how God is going to make the world right. So Jesus (aka Immanuel) shows us what it's like for God to be among us.
Now here is where the rubber hits the road. The church as the "body of Christ" displays what Christ is about to the world. The church shares the good news of Jesus by being Jesus, by rubbing off shalom on the world around them. It's an integrated evangelism that is more about actions and posture, than it is about talking. It's about about letting people experience God by being with them, building relationships, and adding that shalom value to their lives.
I think that we'd be able to fit in with our neighbors really well if we practiced that a little.