Who is Your Neighbor?

It’s a relief to me to know that my eternal life is based on my own walk with God, and not other people’s opinion of my walk with God. In the midst of harsh judgement it’s comforting to know that I’m in fact not a wayward backslider as many people suppose. I am also thankful that I’m currently not mired in a pit of sin because I’m afraid if I was, everyone would be too disgusted by my offensive filth to be “Christian” and would instead run away or ignore me or judge me.
I’m often struck by the irony when a group of people claim to serve God and yet hate their neighbors. But as the young man in scripture asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Maybe that’s what these judges ask now. Maybe I don’t qualify as neighbor and should therefore not receive the loving-kindness Christ embodies. It’s truly a good thing that I’m not whithering away under addictions, abuse, depression, anger, self-doubt or all the many bondages to which people are enslaved. I think that if I was, I’d have to trust the mercies of any other social agency rather than subject myself to the judgements of these pharisaical christians.
At the end of the parable of the Good Samaratin in Luke 10, Jesus reiterates the question, “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was a neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?” The young man answered, “He that shewed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do thou likewise.”
It’s a simple fact: If you’re not showing mercy, you’re not showing God.

2 thoughts on “Who is Your Neighbor?

  1. Totally spooky to read this as it was TOTALLY the topic of our pastor’s sermon yesterday at church, right down to the question you ask as a heading.


  2. I totally agree. I am glad that I’m not a wayward backslider left alone in my sin either. However, Jesus said he came for the sinner. He actually commanded us to go out and preach the good news to the sinners, and as far as I know there hasn’t been much going forth and preaching of the good news to any sinners in many years.
    No one has the right to judge because Jesus said there is only One judge.


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