We live in a world full of differences, where our paths are interwoven on a palette of diversity. Faith gives us a framework for how to respond. Just this last weekend, I was caught unaware by a plea for help from someone whose differences also made me feel unprepared. What one thing should we remember when dealing with differences in a diverse world?
“If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. For the commandments say, ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.’ These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. (Romans 13:8a-12, NLT)