Who is my Neighbor?
“The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.””
Romans 13:9 NIV
As a Kingdom man, I am supposed to love all people of ethnicities and upbringing regardless of background. I am supposed to model Jesus’ love for people by serving them and carrying their burden. More often than not, however, it is easier to be a lazy Christian and say a quick meaningless prayer for that person or not associate with him or her whatsoever. Usually my neighbors are the ones that I love and have a personal relationship with. My circle of diversity is pretty small, I should be widening my perspective to be able to reach those and be taught by those I come in contact with. It should be really personal.
I didn’t grow up in a racist household, but I can see it all around me. Being in the military has exposed me to the opportunities to be around people who are different than me. It lets me understand their needs and concerns. Most of the time those concerns are not all that different from my own.
Question: As a Kingdom Man, who is your neighbor, really? Who do you identify with? Who are you breaking bread with? How much racial diversity is at your table? Who of a different race are you being a neighbor to this week, who was it last week? Does it still feel awkward to think about or answer these questions.
Training today: Watch the movie Won’t you be my Neighbor and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Ask yourself how can I be a better neighbor? Then produce this loving action into existence.
“But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”
James 2:18-19 NIV