“The line separating good and evil passes, not through states, nor through classes, nor between political parties… but right through every human heart – and through all human hearts,” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
I feel like all I have been hearing lately (especially because of the election year) is hate. Hate for the poor, hate for the rich, hate for immigrants, hate for politicians, hate done in the name of Christianity, hate hate hate. I don’t know about everyone else, but I know that God’s people are called to be different; I also know that our God is the God of love and joy, not of hate. While doing my daily scripture reading today, I came across something very interesting that spoke to me, and felt like I should share:
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God,” Leviticus 19:33-34.
I believe that these verses speak to the moral laws against racial discrimination. I believe that this is an encouragement to love your neighbor as yourself and to not treat strangers as aliens, but as friends, that they may be brought to the knowledge of Christ. It is important to show people what you are for, not just what you are against. It is important to remember that God is fighting for everyone, even the transgenders, homosexuals, people of other religions, people of color, and the rest! “God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” Romans 8:28.
God is working in even the darkest of places. Our love for Christ should overflow to everyone else. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself,” Luke 10:27. This is the greatest commandment. The person that obeys God’s laws will find life. We are victorious in Him!
My prayer for anyone that reads this is that you will find comfort in God’s unfailing love. Remember that nothing done out of love for Christ is ever wasted or forgotten.