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Strategic Prayer II: Who is My Neighbor?

March 15th, 2013 · 3 Comments · Faith and the City

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘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.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’

But wanting to justify himself, the lawyer asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’  — Luke 10: 25-29

Good Samaritan -- He QiWho is my neighbor?

This is the pointed question that a lawyer poses right before Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is also a critical question for FAPC’s Strategic Planning Task Force.

Who are the people that we have an ethical obligation to care about? Who are our neighbors?

In worship, we confess (every week) that the Church exists to serve Jesus Christ. And we know that Jesus, in turn, calls us to serve others.

But who?

I once heard a revivalist preacher put the question this way: “Who has God laid on your heart?” As you move through life, who are the people you feel the Church exists to serve?

Over the next couple of weeks, our Task Force asks that you pray about this question. As you work and watch the news and grocery shop, look at those around you and ask yourself, “Who is my neighbor? Who is MY church called to reach out to?”

There are many possible answers to this question — many legitimate responses. So take your time. Ask God to give you eyes to see those we are called to serve.

Once again, we ask that you would write your prayerful reflections down. Keep a logbook. In about two weeks (after Easter), I’ll ask if you would be willing to post your responses here. 

We are very eager to hear what you have seen and prayerfully imagined.

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  • Richard JordanNo Gravatar

    Good points, Scott. In terms of neighbor, are neighbors only in bodily form? I know a Third Order Franciscan who apologizes to the insects under the grass if he walks on the grass, since he believes that some insect will die due to his steps. Neighborliness might also extend to the ozone layer, how does my carelessness in my increase in greenhouse gas emissions and perhaps harm my neighbors (human) thousands of miles away, or contribute to the intensity and frequency of storms. Beyond the “who is my neighbor” lies the question: are neighbors only human? Thanks for the early posting.

  • Rose Cunningham (Rose)No Gravatar

    Who is my neighbor?
    This is a hard saying.
    Every life, every human is my neighbor
    I searched the scriptures, and cannot find a single human CHRIST did not die for.

    So who am I?
    Who am I to Reject, Exclude, Block, Hinder, exploit, manipulate, control, Defraud, step over, and “Pass by”
    The vein of loyalty, the audacity to love my neighbor, runs deep in my transformed DNA
    Who is my neighbor, is indeed a hard saying, in my flesh, I ponder the reality of my faith, upon reflections, and in responding, I wept bitterly, HE# must have dried my tears, and left me this note “May we never be so identified with culture, so as to compromise the Gospel, and leave us with nothing to “ GIVE”**
    the world , it does not already have” ** GIVE…. SERVE.
    To be contd… Input to Strategis Planning

  • Rose Cunningham (Rose)No Gravatar

    The treatment of neighbors

    Withhold not good from them to whom it is due
    When it is in the power of thine hand to do it
    Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again
    And tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee
    Devise not evil against thy neighbor, seeing he dwelled Securely by thee
    Strive not with a man without cause, if he hath done thee no harm.