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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