The church is called to be the most loving group in the world. Those of us who have come to faith in Christ are commanded to love both God and our neighbor. We have addressed what love looks like in a previous post, but there is more that must be added here.
Loving your enemy means making sure that they have the necessities of life: food, water, and shelter. It also means ensuring that they have the necessities of a spiritual life. This is more important. Without a relationship with Jesus Christ, the best food, purest water, and best house do little to nothing for anyone. This is why we must be persistent in leading even our worst enemies to Christ.
One of the most loving things we could do for our neighbor is to warn them of the penalty of a sinful life, whatever it may be. Those who view us from a worldly perspective often call this hate-speech. It is not! Rather, it is love-speech. I will show you why.
A person who does not know Christ and is living a sinful life will eventually end up eternally tormented if they do not come to know Christ before they die. If a person does not know Jesus, and doesn't know how He can change a life, his or her ultimate end is torment prepared for the devil and his angels. What are we to do about this?
First, we can live holy lives ourselves. Set the example. Those who do not know Christ may want to know Him after seeing how your life is different than theirs.
Second, we can warn others of the consequences of their sinful lives. God condemned homosexuality. God condemns killing the unborn. Period. The only one who can save us from God's wrath is Jesus Christ.
A Christian who does not warn his or her unbelieving neighbor of the dangers of choosing a sinful lifestyle over a relationship with Christ has looked at his or her neighbor and made the judgment that he or she is not important enough to try to rescue from hellfire. That's just hateful.
If there is one thing I want everyone to get out of this, it is this: Every Christian has a responsibility to reach out with the Gospel message to those who do not believe. That is what it truly looks like to love our neighbor. When we do this, we may end up playing a role in bringing our neighbor into the single greatest relationship they will ever be in: A relationship with Jesus Christ.