Safety in Numbers: Communities of Faith

Violence at places of worship has become too common place again in our modern society. Sri Lanka, Pittsburg, Minnesota, and most recently San Diego are just some of the times that people have been attacked in their places or worship, places of peace, places that should be safe. These acts come from a place of violence and intolerance. To combat this and carry out the will of Christ we must look towards his words in the Gospels. In Matthew 25, Jesus tell his followers that to be blessed that what we do for the least, to our neighbors, to our fellow humans reflects how we would treat Christ himself. The Gospels are not unique in preaching acceptance of other peoples and faiths. Within the Quran, there are passages that discuss how “People of the book” (Christians and Jews) are to be treated with respect. While this does not include the wide breadth in these specific passages that are present in Matthew, there is still a teaching of tolerance. Whether you agree with another person’s beliefs is not important to how we treat them, (unless their beliefs hurt others). Our place as followers of Christ is to share love to all despite their past, just as Christ did with countless people he met along his journey. When hateful and intolerant acts are carried out on others, it is our role to extend our communities no matter what our faith, to take the effected community and show them the same love we would show others in our community.

Sam Jacobs

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