As Christians we should always seek to be inclusive of others by sharing God’s love with everyone. Just in case the state of the nation has caused you to be lax in your inclusiveness, Pastor Victor’s sermon reminds us who we are to love and include as neighbors. By revisiting the familiar parable in the passage, Luke 10: 25-37, we find the answer to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Let us not only grasp who our neighbors are, let’s use this lesson to become more neighborly by modeling this Good Samaritan.
The very first thing the Samaritan did was he got close to the suffering man. He did not look the other way and put distance between them like the others. Getting close enables us to experience what someone else is experiencing and treat them as we want to be treated. This behavior acknowledges that they too are a child of God, and worthy of his love.
Secondly, he got focused. By focusing we can discover that there is still life and the opportunity to be used for God’s purpose. We must pay attention to what is right in front of our eyes and see what God sees. God does not want us to be blinded and lack compassion for his children. We fail him if we choose to ignore another’s pain.
The good neighbor is also convicted. This conviction moves us to take pity, feeling the same sorrow as the one who is in pain. If the world had more people who could feel and act with empathy, the appalling division we are experiencing could not thrive. When one truly loves God, they love themselves. Love of God and self is exhibited as love for mankind.
Lastly, the Good Samaritan got busy. After assessing the situation, we must take action to alleviate suffering. Whether it is providing first aid, being generous with financial resources, providing sustenance or shelter, that is what we must do. We should not consider getting busy to help another an inconvenience. Instead we are to be grateful that God has blessed us so that we may be a blessing.
Be ready to be a good neighbor to anyone who stands in need. Do not let personal politics confuse you and hinder inclusion.