July 10, 2016

Jesus’ Answer to Terrorism

Passage: Amos 7:7-9,Colossians 1:1-14,Luke 10:25-37

“Who is my neighbor?” It’s such a deceptively simple question. Rather than answering it, Jesus tells us the story of the good Samaritan, one of Scripture’s most profound examples of how we should be a neighbor, how our faith can be evident in the world. Often we are more like the two who passed by the beaten man on the other side of the road. As Amos points out, God measures us and finds us to be untrue. Fortunately, Paul reminds the Colossians (and us!) that Christ has rescued us from the powers of darkness with forgiveness and redemption; thereby enabling us to know and do the Lord’s will: to love our neighbors just as much as we love ourselves.