Who is my Neighbor?
“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:25-29
Do you really want me to spell this out for you? Does anyone really? I think anyone reading this with any kind of church background knows what Jesus is really saying in this passage. We pick and choose who we will love, who we will show that love to, and try to find ways to justify ourselves when we know that what we are doing does not line up with these very words of Jesus.
How can we really “love God with all our heart, soul, strength & mind” when we continually put other things before Him? We put our pride before Him, our ego, our self-worth, our social standing & clout, and many Christians are really good at deceiving others with justifying their unloving behavior towards other people. Especially when it comes to politics and issues of life-style choices. Yet we read in the very Word of God how Jesus contradicted these typical human behaviors by reaching out and loving the unlovable, the outcasts of society, and those that the religious leaders of that day went to the extent of stoning and crucifying. I think that still happens today but in a very different way. We slander people with our words, shut them out of our circles, and turn our backs on them unless they believe as we believe. Even among the Body of Christ as a whole, denominations turn against each other, and members of the same congregation behave like wolves tearing each other apart, sometimes in subtle ways. If we can’t even love our own properly, how can we love others in the world? Sometimes it makes me want to throw my hands up! But I know now that I’ve embraced a new calling towards Love. And it’s changed me.
The message of love, genuine love, has been burning strong on my heart for a long time. It’s why I put out the last music CD “a thing or 2” which talks about what real love is supposed to be – what it looks like, acts like, feels like, and lives like, and the author of that love is God. I finally got fed up with being mistreated by people who talked about it but did the opposite of what Jesus taught us. And I got tired of seeing people turn away from God because of the foolishness of man that represents Him improperly. I got passionate and fierce about it to the level that now I’m really not bothered any more about what people will think when I speak out about it. I’m tired of the rule followers who shun others and have the audacity to do it in the name of God. God is love. What is the definition of love? Go back and really read I Corinthians 13. This time with conviction.
Recently, a vision that God gave me about doing something real and tangible about this calling to LOVE & to bring the message of love to the world, has been put into action. I had started an outreach organization under another name a couple years ago, but it wasn’t until God brought all the pieces together with a partner that has the same vision, that “LIVE LOVE LOUD” was birthed. We are putting it into motion because we, like many other Christians, want to demonstrate and educate the world about what real love is supposed to be. It is not just merely mouthing the words. It’s putting it into action in our every day lives.
James 2:14-20 says “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?”
So many times, we are only willing to do something for someone else as long as it doesn’t take us out of our comfort zone, it doesn’t make us look bad in front of other people who might scoff, as long as we agree with them, or as long as it doesn’t cost us a whole lot and makes us “look like we are doing something” when we’re barely breaking a sweat.
I wanted to start a movement that would catch on like wild fire, not for the sake of being a cult phenomenon or the next “WWJD”, but to really make people think and consider what real love is supposed to be, and how to put that into action to help mend relationships and walls that divide us in this world, and in our every day lives. It’s tough, but it can be done. But we have to be determined.
So I guess I’m willing to go to the extreme of calling out bad behavior that has been condoned in the very institution that it should not exist, and to counteract that with positive and correct action, as James 2 says. I want people to start looking for opportunities to show love and kindness to people in their every day life. To tear down walls and start building bridges, and to reach out to people you never do. This kind of love changes the world one person at a time. And it will change you and me if we decide to take it on full force. Even to the point that we will love others who do not believe as we do religiously, do not live the kind of life style we condone, are of a different nationality, race, color, or behave in ways you don’t approve. Love is a universal language and everyone needs it. So the question is, will you join us in this endeavor? Will you help spread the message of love and get involved in any way or level you can? Will you let your life be transformed by the power of Love by the author of all Love? Are you ready to truly LIVE LOVE LOUD?
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Let’s rock the world with love! I can’t wait until I get my song recorded “Live Love Loud”. It pretty much sums up everything we are trying to do with this. Please pray that it gets done, and soon. And if you can help in any way, let me know.
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