Loving Your Global Neighbor

Some feedback I received from this blog goes along the lines of “I don’t like learning about all this bad news.” I used to be the same way. When I was in high school, I hated the news because it just talked about bad things happening.

In Fall 2017 I had a class where I was asked to watch a live TV show, so I watched the local news. The first four stories were of a shooting, a sexual assault, a gas leak, and a wildfire.

It was overwhelming how terrible the news was and the anchors spoke about it with no empathy.

If you’ve read my blog, you know that I talk about some pretty terrible things that are happening in the world, most of which are caused as well as solvable by humans. I don’t think we should choose not to learn about these issues and current events, even though they are tragic and could possibly cause a person to lose faith in human goodness.

As long as there is sin in the world and in each person (so until the end of time), there will be people who do evil, causing death and destruction. Knowing that truth, we can’t wait and hope for the ideal of world peace. We have to go out into the world, show love and compassion, and those in power have to make efforts towards peace.

Jesus says in Matthew 22:37 that the most important commandment is to love God “with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your mind” (NAB). The second greatest commandment is (v. 39),

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Loving your neighbor means loving the people you see on a daily basis: your family, friends, co-workers, classmates, but it also means that you love your global neighbors.

It means choosing compassion when faced with the sufferings of the distant that may never affect you personally.

I would encourage readers of my blog to think about the idea of loving your global neighbor. Perhaps the most simple way of loving your neighbor who is suffering is praying for them. Prayer really does make a difference.

If you never meet the people you read about at Humanitarian Prayers or go to their country, God hears you praying on their behalf and that is amazing.

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2 thoughts on “Loving Your Global Neighbor”

  1. Yes! I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the phrase “Love thy neighbor” and then asking “who is my neighbor?” While it’s not always easy to love those near me, I can at least more easily see the affects my actions (good and bad) have on them. But we can more easily ignore the sufferings of others around the world. Thanks for this reminder!

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