There’s no shortage of challenges and questions about being an Australian person today. Challenges like: Who is my neighbour? How do we best face the injustices in our nation? How should we love our Muslim neighbours?
Both our movement and the theology of common grace is built on the foundation of God’s incredible love for all. Jesus himself calls us to love everyone, just as our God in heaven does.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." - Matthew 5:43-45
Our 'Love Thy Neighbour Ambassador' at Common Grace, Louisa Hope, has shared her story of being in the Lindt Café siege in Sydney saying,
'Love is really where Jesus is at. You look to what Jesus did and how He behaved with people, and in my heart there was no choice but to say, ‘How can we get the good out of what’s happened in this circumstance? How can we encourage everybody to not fall into hate and fear, but to look to what Jesus said – to love our neighbour, even though it’s hard sometimes.’
We pray that the grace of God - his common grace - would guide us and our work into the future, and that you would come on the journey with us, as together we listen to Jesus' call to love our neighbours.