Recently I have seen a advertising campaign for the Covid 19 vaccine that is about getting the vaccine because we as a country should “love our neighbor”. While that is just a guilt trip advertisement, it does bring up some good points. “Love thy neighbor” is often referenced when trying to get a population to do something. However, it is a second step commandment. The first, or greatest commandment is “Love God with all thy heart, all thy soul, and all thy mind.” which is found in the Gospel of Matthew 22:37-39. See we do not love our neighbor naturally. We are by nature selfish and self centered. We are focused on our lives, family, jobs and our future. President Obama said “We are no longer a Christian nation” and I absolutely agree with that statement. The proof is in how we as a country behave both as a nation and individually. Homelessness, poverty, childhood hunger, drug abuse, human trafficking, and all the other things that plague our society and our lack of ability to focus on and eradicate them are all signs of selfishness. There was school district that would call DHR on a child if they had an outstanding lunch balance. Mind you this school was located in a impoverished community. As a country we have failed so many people in this country. As people look for reasons, I simply point us back to the Greatest Commandment.
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
This is where we as a nation and as individuals must return. If we want to love our neighbor, then we must start by acknowledging that God does exist. Then we must yield our life to Him through belief and faith in Jesus Christ. See, loving our neighbor does not come naturally to us, it only comes to us through our relationship with Jesus and as the Holy Spirit works through and in us to soften us and open our hearts to the struggles of our neighbors. It is why Jesus answered the way He did. He put the steps in order for us. Love God and from there love thy neighbor.
If we are to truly “Love our neighbor” then we must as a nation and Christians repent of our sins as a nation and as individual Christians.
2 Chronicles 7:14
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
So, this is where we are as a nation. Do we repent or do we continue down the path we are on? Do we truly want to love our neighbors? Are we even trying to love our neighbors?