Thought For The Week 31 March
This week we have been joining in the Matthew 25 Challenge from World Vision, which invites us to enter in to the parable of the sheep and the goats, to experience the lives of the least and the lost.
It is easy for us to read the words, and to agree with the ideas, but it is harder to experience even a taste of the hardships that are life as usual for so many of God’s children here on Earth.
Similarly, as followers of Christ we have been challenged over the last weeks to re-examine what it means to love our neighbour. In the parable, the King reveals to his followers that he was present not only in their lives, but in the lives of their unloved neighbours. To the extent that we have, or have not, loved our neighbours, so too have we loved Him.
Many of us in New Zealand feel threatened by Islamic immigrants. Their faith, their food, their culture and their skin is different from ours. It is easier to shut them out and ignore them. The atrocity in Christchurch does not afford us that luxury.
Our own faith in Jesus is not diminished or threatened by showing compassion and love to the followers of Mohamed. Indeed, it is only in doing so that we can sit at His right hand, fulfilling His command to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. As we do so, we find our own faith made complete as we love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and mind – with no exceptions.