Chapter 5 answers the question with…‘My Neighbor is Someone Who Has Been Robbed”. It is easy to think of the people who have literally been robbed or burglarized, whose car was stolen, whose home was broken into, or whose wallet was taken out of their pocket or handbag. Yes…those are people who need a neighbor. I remember having my bag taken off my shoulder in the middle of the street one evening…robbed of a few dollars and a couple of Clinique Lipsticks. Thankfully, it was a small bag with little money. But, I was shaken none-the-less.
In addition, Gordon got me thinking about folks who have been robbed of their dignity, or robbed of their innocence or virginity or robbed of a healthy home life. My heart breaks for them…and they need a neighbor.
This post focuses on one who has been robbed of the truth. We have all been sucked into the ‘Material World’ – that money is the answer to everything. I see it on FB and Twitter a lot….all about makin’ ‘bank’, ‘dough’, ‘benjamins’, etc. We often care more about what car we drive, what shoes we wear or bag we carry, or how many games we have. We are also robbed of “community”, and we think that it’s based off how many people are our ‘friends’, ‘followers’, etc. Many are robbed of deep and intimate friendships and hide behind their smartphone or laptop (or MacBook in my case!).
We have been robbed into believing the lies that Satan whispers in our ears. That we aren’t smart enough, cool enough, or good enough to succeed. We believe that the things we have done…aren’t really all that bad and we water down the Truth, but in fact…they are still sins. Then there are others …at the opposite extreme. We think that what we have done is too bad to be forgiven. Well, the Bible tells me….all have sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23). We need to be there for folks who have been robbed of Truth. Truth shall set you free. (John 8:32)
Then, there are many thoughts and beliefs about “Christianity”. Because there are so many different views of Christianity, I sometimes feel like I can’t call myself a Christian because it’s become so generalized. So…as a Jesus Follower, I believe John 14. JESUS, and only JESUS, is the way, the truth and the life. Not the “spirit of Jesus” nor the “spirit within us” nor “the hope of Jesus”…but the same Jesus, the Son of God, who descended from heaven…becoming flesh…living here on earth as man for 30+ years, dying on the cross, buried in a tomb, then PHYSICALLY rising from the dead…and PHYSICALLY ascending into heaven and now sits on the right hand side of God the Father. Some readers may think I am too limited in my thinking or intolerant or closed-minded. And..that’s OK. I’m glad that God gives us a choice. That’s what I choose to believe. What do you choose to believe?
Gordon ends the chapter with…
Who do you know who has been robbed? That person is your neighbor. Reach out and offer your love. And remember that your action may benefit more than just that person, because you never know who might be watching and might be drawn closer to Christ because of your example.
As much as I may try, I don’t always rep Jesus well. But, I do pray that others will be see past me…and see Jesus Christ and be drawn to Him despite my failings. It is my hope that my friends will read the Word of God (the Bible) and discern what they believe and why. It’s easy to get caught up in what others say or write…but, test what you hear and read from others against what the Bible says. Especially in the high-tech world we live in, be sure you test what you read against the Word of God. There is no substitute. It will keep you from being robbed of the Truth.
Lord, your Word tells us that if we seek truth, we will find it and we will be set free. May your Holy Spirit pour out a desire to seek and discern truth. Provide us the wisdom to share truth. Make us hungry for your Word, for it is a lamp unto my feet and a light onto my path. Give us the desire to pray for those who have been tricked into believing the lies of Satan. May we come to know and share the TRUTH that shall set us and others free. Pour it out, oh Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
This is the 5th post in a series that I wrote about in a series that I wrote about in a post called who is my neighbor? series. I am reading who is my neighbor? by Wayne Gordon and exploring just one chapter a week. In addition, I hope to post on each Wednesday. The first post in the series can be found here: Neighbor 1: Hurting.