“But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.'” – Matthew 22:34-40 ESV (Emphasis mine)
Your Muslim neighbor.
Your Mexican neighbor.
Your Syrian neighbor.
Your Christian neighbor.
Your gay neighbor.
Your straight neighbor.
Your pro-choice neighbor.
Your pro-life neighbor.
Your Republican neighbor.
Your Democrat neighbor.
Your Libertarian neighbor.
Your Democratic Socialist neighbor.
Your Independent neighbor.
“American Christianity calls its followers to be ‘safe’ but the Gospel of Jesus compels us to give away our lives.” – BJ Thompson
“When we are done trying to establish, ‘Is this my neighbor?’ — the decisive issue of love remains: What kind of person am I?” – John Piper
“So do you want to see who has grasped grace, who understands the mercy and salvation of God? Look to those who care for and are concerned about the needy around them. To be blind and unmoved and static towards the needy and broken is to be made visible in your heart a failure to understand what the gospel message actually is.” – Matt Chandler
“Lukewarm people love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves.” – Francis Chan
“He measures our lives by how we love.” – Francis Chan
“If we are
#prolife, we are #prorefugee” – Ed Stetzer
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.
There is a story often told of a little boy who grew up going to church in Germany during the Holocaust. There was a railroad behind the church and, every Sunday, they would hear the Jews screaming, begging someone to save them, as they sat in their comfortable pews listening to the service. He said “If some of their screams reached our ears, we’d just sing a little louder.”
Sing a little louder…
Often, this story is told in the context of being pro-life and not ignoring the deaths of millions of babies. How funny that today is also the “March for Life”. While I support being pro-life, as Ed Stetzer said, if you are pro-life, you are pro-refugee.
Don’t just read the Bible. Do what it says. God tells us to love our neighbors (even the Muslim ones from Syria).
Grace & Peace.