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Try Being a Neighbor

December 24, 2013

Over the past several weeks we have seen a flurry of different sociological and political labels. Between politics and the Phil Robertson ordeal, I have been getting more and more worn out with these labels. But I had to take time to think about why that is. And then it struck me: These labels are meaningless. They are useless. Why? Because the Bible already has a label for everyone and it is neighbor.

Throughout the Gospels we are instructed to “love our neighbor.” Jesus spends time explaining who our neighbor is in the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke. This is the issue I have with all these other labels, they are useless. We are neighbors.

If this offends you, I am not sorry. I think being neighbors is so much better than being considered a man, woman, or any other label. We are to love our neighbors. Care for our neighbors. Assist our neighbors. We could change the world by loving our neighbors!

So on the eve of the day we remember and celebrate Christ’s birth, let’s start treating our neighbors with love and kindness. Extend grace and forgiveness. Also start disregarding these sociological and political labels that demean everyone. Don’t lower each other below the status of neighbor. If we no longer accept these labels we are all on a level field that we can call our neighborhood.

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