Love Thy Neighbor, Muslim or Otherwise

While briefly read­ing through an issue of Ode, I came across a small piece about Chris­tians, specif­i­cal­ly those in America.

Appar­ent­ly, though not sur­pris­ing­ly, sur­veys indi­cate that a rather large per­cent­age of those in Amer­i­ca who iden­ti­fy them­selves as very reli­gious also inid­cate that they favor mon­i­tor­ing of Mosques or the track­ing of Amer­i­can Mus­lims by the government. 

As the mag­a­zine indi­cat­ed, what­ev­er hap­pened to “love thy neigh­bour as thy­self” (Leviti­cus 19:18, KJV)?

I sup­pose it is easy enough to say that we are show­ing our love while still favor­ing the mon­i­tor­ing of Mus­lims or what­ev­er. How­ev­er, dis­trust has no room in love. If there is dis­trust, there is no love. They are mutu­al­ly exclu­sive, for love “believeth all things” (1 Corinthi­ans 13:7b, KJV).

Jesus is a friend to sin­ners; and we are his body. The atti­tudes of so many with­in the church­es would seem to tes­ti­fy against our uni­ty with Christ. Is an atti­tude exam­i­na­tion need­ed in your life? Cast­ing Crowns said it apt­ly in song:

But if we are the body,
Why aren’t his arms reaching?
Why aren’t his hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?

And if we are the body,
Why aren’t his feet going?
Why is his love not show­ing them there is a way?
Jesus is the way.

“If We Are the Body,” Cast­ing Crowns

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Rick Beckman