One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ 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.”
I once asked a group of Jr. High students where their t-shirts were made. I asked them to check the t-shirt tags of the people they were sitting beside and report to the larger group.
Not surprisingly, the answers spanned the globe. China, Taiwan, South Africa, Canada, Mexico,Thailand, etc…
We are connected to many places in our world just by the clothes we wear. Even further, the price we pay for those clothes directly impacts those who make them. This reality brings people who are thousands of kilometers away directly to our doorstep and shopping malls.
The pollution we pump into the air impacts the entire globe. We contribute to our warming planet which we share with people ten and ten thousand of kilometers away.
Loving our neighbour means we pay attention to the choices we make that have global consequences. Our choices need to be creative and purposeful as we hold in tension our local neighbourhoods and the global ‘village.’
What are the implications on your neighbourhood if you take a global view of who your neighbour is? What are some creative and purposeful ways to love neighbours that hold in tension both local and global?