Love thy Neighbor

I have taken the stand that since the Bible commands us to assemble together we ought to do it. It doesn’t say assemble apart but together. Others have taken this stand also. But those who revere science over God have given us a scolding even using Bible text. The old saw is a text without a context is a pretext. I was told that I was wrong because the Bible says Thou shalt not kill. Of course this is specifically murder and I have murdered no one. A preacher in Florida had the sheriff, no doubt an accomplished theologian, tell him he was to love his neighbor as himself upon his arrest. For holding a church service. Got that? Some older Romanian Christians who had fled the iron curtain said the Chicago church raids reminded them of the communist rule.

So you want us to obey Christ’s command to love our neighbors? Well let’s go to the BIBLE and see how Jesus would have us follow Him. In Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. If we are to treat our enemies that way how much more our brethren? Look what Jesus did in Matthew 8:1-4. He touched a leper! In Matthew 25:36 we read I was sick, and ye visited me. Now back to Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets​.

If I was sick I would want someone to visit me. If I was in a nursing home I would want someone to visit me. If I was bombarded with the doomsday predictions of the media and government I would want an open church to go to. In closing look at John 13:1, one of the sweetest verses of the Scriptures- Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. He had an unlawful assembly. He instituted the Lord’s Supper. He washed the disciple’s feet (and we should too). This is how we love our neighbors. Take care of the sick and visit them. Give them words of encouragement. Meet together for prayer and worship. And remember that in Luke 7:11-15 Jesus attended a funeral. I pray that this is a blessing and encouragement to you.

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