If however we use the definition that a neighbour is someone who helps people who are in need, then we must ask ourselves who needs neighbours right now. One thought that comes to my head is refugees. These are people who fled their countries because of war. They have watched as family members have been killed. They have left behind everything. They are seeking a place of peace. To be a neighbour to them means to alleviate their suffering. Vilifying them, calling them all terrorists, dole seekers, illiterates, innumerates, job stealers, does nothing to offer hospitality. Categorising them as an evil which must be kept away from others, is not the type of Christianity that I hear from Luke. Using fear and hatred, rather than hospitality and compassion, as an election ploy to win votes makes us no better than the folks in the parable who walk away from the injured man. Blessings.
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