Jesus Was Not An Isolationist

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I dare you to prove that statement wrong.

He loved the unlovable. He loved the outsider. He loved when it was hard. He put himself in physical danger. His disciples were driven from their homes. Stephen was stoned in the street. All but one of the first disciples (except Judas Iscariot) died violent deaths at the hands of others.

Because of love. Because they believed there was something more important than their safety, something so important it required everything of them.

You can argue about safety and security, but none of that matters in the face of love. None of that matters in the face of such need.

That’s a dangerous thing to think, you might say.

Damn right.

Love is dangerous. Love is hard. Love is messy, but if you do it right, love is everything.

We are called to love despite the danger, despite the hardships, and despite the fear.

“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

There are no qualification there, no exceptions, no room to wiggle out of what we are morally called to do.

I sit here in my safe house, in my relatively safe country, with food to eat, and I think I am not loving enough. We can’t say no to people in need because of fear. We can’t let danger, hate, or insecurity be bigger than the one thing God asked us to do.

Love God. Love others.

He asked it of us because it is stronger than everything else, anything else. Love can change the world because it is the most dangerous thing of all.

There are a lot of organizations helping refugees. Donate to one. There are a lot of organizations helping people in your own community. Give some time to them. The hurting of the world belong to all of us and it is about time we stopped acting like it’s not our problem.

One thought on “Jesus Was Not An Isolationist

  • February 6, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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    Love your article.

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