“And whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.”

Romans 13: 9b-10

OUR ROLE AS CITIZENS

As citizens of a nation, one of the most important responsibilities we have is to love our neighbor. What do I mean by love? Love doesn’t refer to a feeling.  It doesn’t mean romance.  It doesn’t mean that you even like a person.  There’s always going to be people that we don’t like, but we are called to love – no matter what.

Love is a decision of the will on the part of the Christian to treat our fellowman justly and compassionately.  To treat others right, even loving them enough to speak truth regarding serious moral and character issues in their lives when it begins to create a problem. That is agape love.  This is the unique Christian love.  And the greatest way that we can show love to our neighbors is to share with them God’s love for them in Jesus Christ.  It is a love for all mankind.  It’s a love for republicans and democrats, progressives and conservatives, the politically correct and the religious moralist. It’s even a love for the racist, the bigot or terrorist. Jesus’ love is a love for all.

So, what is our role as a Christ follower, a citizen and an individual? To love God and to love others – this is the fulfillment of the law.

 

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