Let Us All Strive To Love Our Neighbors as Ourselves

Last night my husband and I watched Schindler’s List as we do almost annually.  It is so crucial never to forget the horrors of the systematic extermination of the European Jewish Population, culture and society.

Today there are events in our world and in the United States that I contemplated while watching this movie. The belief that you can justify the devaluation of a human life because a person is different than yourself, is what caused this unspeakable catastrophe.

The survivors of the camps that were interviewed in the bonus material talked about never hating anyone, loving everyone and the importance of loving your neighbors.

When they showed the scenes of children being wrenched away from their mothers and fathers I thought about the children that currently may never see their parents again because they are lost. Why, because someone in power thinks they should be punished because they are different and that their suffering is justified?!  They are children what are they guilty of I have to ask? Mark 10:14 “But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”

Different doesn’t mean less instead it means diversity, sharing, learning and loving the fact that God blessed us with such a beautiful multiplicity of people to love.

Mathew 22: 35-40 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

I know that I sin every day in thought, word or deed.  It may be a fleeting thought when I see someone doing something that I could never imagine doing.  However, this is judgement and it is wrong.  James 4:11-12 “Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.  The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law.  But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy.  But who are you to judge your neighbor?”

Today my prayer is that the world could find acceptance of all our brothers and our sisters all over the globe!  Consider this please: If you haven’t been a victim of war, genocide, global slavery, extreme poverty or crimes against women, then remember, but for the Grace of our Lord and Savior go I! 

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