Spirituality

Published on September 5th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Harvey?

Dr. Jed N. Snyder

 Many of us have watched the horrific pictures of the devastation from hurricane Harvey in and around Houston, Texas.  Because of this, we all have a chance to ask ourselves some questions.  “Who is my neighbor?” “For what am I responsible.” “Can I do more than pray?”

Here are two Bible passages that help us answer these questions.  Maybe they will help us clarify our thoughts.

And he (Jesus Christ) 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.  Matthew 22:37-39

“So, whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

Did you see the pictures of thousands of cars and trucks pulling boats as they filled the highways that lead into Houston and the surrounding coastal area?  These folks thought “I have a boat, I can help.”  It occurs to me that many of them took vacation or leave to go help their “neighbors.”  As we are told, most of these people were strangers to the folks so badly devastated. But in this wonderfully encouraging way they demonstrated that of which Jesus spoke in the verses we quoted.

Large trucks brought food, water, clothing, cots, blankets, stoves and the scores of other things that will help these Texas and Louisiana “neighbors” survive and eventually rebuild. Many thousands (even millions) of private dollars have and will be contributed.

We see this Biblical ethic in practice and are glad to be part of its fulfillment.  God sees.  God knows.  God rewards both sooner and later. Worship God, do good.

Happily practicing “neighbor-care.”

 

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