Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’
I heard this story recently about a man whose neighbour was throwing a party. The music was loud and intrusive to his home so he decided to go say something.
He walked over to his neighbours house, knocked on the door, asked the neighbour to turn down the music and settle things down a bit.
He got punched in the face, and subsequently beat down.
He didn’t press charges. He said he understood that kind of thing can happen when people are drunk. He could forgive that. He was more upset that his neighbours, who saw everything go down, didn’t do anything!
I once asked someone from the LGBTQ community what they needed from people in the church. She responded that they need people to stand in solidarity with them. People who would be willing to sacrifice and fuse their future with those in the LGBTQ community.
If a neighbour would have come to the aid of the guy getting beat down, the chances are that they could have faced the same ‘beat down’ they were coming to stop. If we stand in solidarity with those in the LGBTQ community we will likely face the same hurtful marginalization.
When we love our neighbour, in the Jesus as our definition of love kind of way, we are compelled to act even if it means sacrifice.
Stand with the bullied and face being bullied ourselves.
Stand with the marginalized and face being marginalized ourselves.
Love makes a difference. Love orients to hope in the midst of hopelessness. People need love. People need hope.
Who do you stand in solidarity with? Where does love compel you to act, yet require you to sacrifice?