It comes up again and again, much more than our individualistic church culture can grasp: righteousness has a necessary social-communal expression. this is not optional. We cannot say, "Well, I'm just a solitary sort of person" or "I have enough to do just taking care of myself and my kin." There is a reason that the second great commandment is inseparably joined to the first.
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.
Care for others--known and unknown--is not optional. The only appropriate question, I think, is "How?"


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