Love Your Neighbor
I wanted to write something that has been on my mind in light of what is going on in today's world. My heart breaks seeing all of the hatred in the world, and what people are willing to do to ANOTHER HUMAN BEING because of it. I don't know how you see your enemies, but God loves them just the same as you and me. They are one of His complex creations, and for that alone, we should show them love. Now, if someone has truly hurt you, that doesn't mean try to be best friends, but it does mean not gossiping about them. Not feeling anger towards them when you think about that person. Not trying to tear them down. It means that you should forgive whatever it is that they have done to hurt you, even though they don't know they have anything to be forgiven for.
As for the hatred for another human being just because they are a certain race, that is foolishness. Why are we choosing to hate someone because of their genetics? None of us can help which race we were born into. I grew up in a diverse culture where I had white, black, Asian, and Hispanic friends. And I didn't know any different until I moved into a community that was predominantly white. I am thankful for that experience because I was always around someone who was different than I was. I realize not everyone had the opportunity that I did...that some people grow up in a family who are racist towards every culture but their own. And there are people who discriminate against people because of their sin, but they are also our neighbors. And that is why we have to turn to Jesus. I don't know about you, but given where Jesus was born, and where His parents were born, I don't think He was white. I could be wrong, but if He isn't, would you still show Him love? Or would you dismiss everything He says because of the color of His skin or the culture He is from?
In Matthew 22, Jesus is asked which of God's commandments is the greatest. He replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." I don't know about you, but this is not something I take lightly. It is also something I struggle with. LOVE your neighbor. "Neighbor" can mean your best friend, your enemy, your neighbor across the street, gays, straights, and even someone of a different race than you may have grown up to hate. Show love to everyone you come in contact with. You never know, you could be the only time they see Jesus.
My grandmother shared a video with me today. It was a young woman from North Korea. She shared her story and all of the terrible things that she has witnessed and that has happened to her. It was truly a heartbreaking story. But it got me thinking, how many of us would dismiss someone just because they were from North Korea? Or you can fill in the blank with any other country. Just because a certain country is corrupt, doesn't mean we should dismiss the entire nation. If anything, they are the ones who need to hear about Jesus the most. Some countries have their citizens brainwashed where they don't even have the internet and only one channel on TV so you only see what they want you to see. This young woman said that she grew up thinking the government could literally read her mind. They are constantly in fear and have no hope, and have no way of even hearing about Jesus. Jesus is my only source of hope. He is the reason I live. And He should be the reason we all live. I hope this gives you a better perspective on how good we have it here in America.