“Is love, sweet love.”
Christianity, as we are frequently reminded by our pastors and teachers, is a relationship, not a religion. Every believer is accountable to Christ for their relationship with Him; for the depth of our love for Him. And how is that depth of love determined?
In the 70’s WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) was a popular slogan. However, it was an unnecessary question. We don’t need to try to decipher the mind of God in a particular situation in order to know how we are to respond. The Word is unambiguous. We are to respond with love.
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’Mark 12:30-31
If we look closely at this Scripture, we will see that the commandment is to “love your neighbor.” This is an individual relationship. It doesn’t say to love our neighbors, as a group or a demographic. We are to treat our relationships with others as we do our relationship with Christ: one-on-one, with love and respect for each unique person. This is our personal responsibility.
Prejudice and bigotry can only exist when we lump others into segments and groups, making them less “real” in our hearts and minds.