"NEIGHBORS (ACCORDING TO JESUS AND FRED ROGERS)"

Rev. Lon Lorton

November 17, 2019

Luke 10:25-37

The classic question is, "Who is my neighbor?"

Jesus asks us, "Who is not my neighbor?"

It's not hard to pick out neighbors in a neighborhood of make believe, but what about the real world?

We are called to cross lines in order to ask anyone, everyone, "Won't you be my neighbor?"

I ran into a lady whom I knew but hadn’t seen in an extended period of time.  I asked her, “How far along are you?” referring to her apparent pregnancy.  She said rather coldly, “I am not pregnant.”  That was one of my more embarrassing moments.  Sometimes things look like they are happening, when really, there is not much going on.  You can go to church and look the part.  You can look spiritually pregnant when there’s really nothing on the inside going on.  A Christian is not known by how well they act the part.  They aren’t known by how well they shout or how much they know or how often they’re seen carrying a Bible under their arms.  A Christian is not known by how much they say “hallelujah” or “amen” or “praise the Lord.”  A Christian is not known by how much “Christian-ese” they know or how big their smile is.  We know Christians because their faith in Jesus Christ bursts out in love for others – all the others.  (Tony Evans, Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church, Dallas, Texas)