28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.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.’There is no commandment greater than these.”
A number of evangelical Christians are supporting Congressman Ron Paul’s campaign for the presidency. I certainly understand why. Congressman Paul, (a man I first met in 1996), is bright, well-read, refreshingly blunt, wonderfully consistent and severely adverse to compromise. I frequently find myself yelling, “Amen!” at the televised GOP debates when Congressman Paul takes the status quo to task.
One of the things I appreciate about Congressman Paul is his Christian conviction that his fellow believers, not a secular government, should care for the poor. Leading the way, Rep. Paul, a OBGYN, continues to practice often offering the impoverished cheap or free health care services. God bless him.
Yet, as much I admire Congressman Paul I also often find myself befuddled by many of his stances including his foreign policy positions. He is generally an isolationist who believes we need to shut down our military bases overseas and refuse to intervene in conflicts between other nations.
Right now, in Syria, ordinary men and women are suffering and dying in their brave attempt to overthrow the Al-Assad government, which openly sponsors international terrorism and is a close Allie of Iran. Senator John McCain has rightfully argued that the U.S. should support the anti-Al-Assad forces with air support and I agree. Ron Paul disagrees.
As a viral video has recently made clear, there is a mass murderer named Joseph Kony in and around Uganda who has led a group of assassins known as the LRA for nearly 10 years. Recently, President Obama authorized a special forces unit to help bring Kony to justice. Again, Ron Paul thinks we should not get involved.
But what would Jesus say to this? Are the Syrians our neighbors? Are the Ugandans our neighbors?
Perhaps you will object that we can’t intervene in every corner of the world but what happens when we can with minimal investment such as airstrikes in Syria or one special forces unit in Uganda? What if they asked us to come?
There are people suffering right now in Syria and Africa. And, yes, they have specifically asked for our help. Should we help them? Are they your neighbor?
Tune in tomorrow for the Best of the Web this week and why I think Rick Santorum is acting like a sissy.
Until then, grace and peace.