It is clear from Scripture that the church has a social responsibility toward its leadership and members: Phil.4:10-19; Gal.6:10; Rom.15:26-28; etc.
Jesus introduced this kingdom dynamic when He taught His disciples: "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another!" (John 13:35). And God has shown us that you cannot really love without giving: "For God so loved the world that He gave..." (John 3:16).
Apart from looking after its own, the church and every believer also have a social responsibility to the people around us - our neighbours! Jesus taught that the second commandment that is as important as the first: "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord and thou shalt love the Lord thy God..." is "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself..." (Mark 12:29-31).
To further illustrate the social responsibility of His followers, Jesus taught them the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:29-37.
The Scripture illustrates God as having the peoples of the world on His heart and mind. The Spirit of God that fills the church will place within us this same people-burden (1 Cor.2:10-14). Not just to save their souls for eternity but to alleviate their suffering here on earth!
Christian do you have the plight of people on your heart and mind?
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