Dear neighbor, let’s meet up!
“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 22:36-40
We love based upon who we think we are.
We have an enemy whose primary target is our identity. The enemy wants to deceive and influence our perception of who we are and whose our neighbors. In one fell swoop Satan targets Love – for God, ourselves, and our neighbor.
The last two weeks we have anchored on this simple spiritual warfare truth; Love conquers all. Satan will fight that at all costs. Kingdom men start and end every dialog with love, including our neighborhood and everyone in it. We want you in this dialog about love.
For the last two weeks, we have invited you as our neighbor to talk with us. Those invites had titles like teacher, president, elected officials and law enforcement as each of those are specific roles and responsibilities in our neighborhood; but they are not who you are. You are me, you are my brother or sister, you are my neighbor with similar goals, desires and needs. You are loved! Though the truth is, I’ve fallen short and not loved you as myself.
We’ve not talked recently, I mean really talked. We’ve shouted hello on the way to the car but how is your mom? I’ve not followed up on hearing she was in the hospital. What do you think of that new restaurant opening around the corner? We haven’t talked at all about the Kingdom.
TJC knows this conversation about the Kingdom isn’t easy, but how can I love my neighbor without talking about it. TJC also knows that not talking and not loving are the very heart of all our national problems. Dealing with COVID, racism, poverty, homelessness, improved education, fatherlessness, addictions etc – everyone of those topics impacting our neighborhood locally and nationally is a Kingdom conversation rooted in love.
We have not heard these conversations, so our invites are very real. We want to see them over the fence, and we want one among our nation’s leaders. Since they are not taking place en masse with necessary frequency or depth, The Joshua Commission is going to do what good neighbors do, and make sure we step up and host one. In a few weeks we will follow up the earlier invitations with details for where we are having a neighborhood meeting in our nation’s capital. We have a solution to all our issues that needs to be put on the table; it’s true listening, compassion and compromise in living and loving all of my neighbors. The enemy has done enough damage. This is a High Water Mark! From here we can triage and restore our relationships. We can build new processes to ensure that everyone in our neighborhood knows that here is a good place to grow, raise a family, nurture others and be loved. In short, it’s a good place to say, “Yes, I’ll be your Neighbor.”
Look for your invite. With growing love!