My neighbor is going to hell!

Some people enjoy great relationships with their neighbors. They visit each other and BBQ together. Their kids get together. It’s like one of those episodes of “Leave it to Beaver”… the perfect neighborhood.

And others have those not-so-nice neighbors that stare at you. Or drive by your house slowly just to let you know that they have their eye on you. All of which leaves you with that weird feeling every time you throw out the garbage or get your family in the car.

And let’s not mention the fighters, the music blasters, or the partiers… (Some say its God’s way of developing patience in us!)

However, there is one important point to consider… Without Jesus, they are going to hell. They are destined to burn in torment for eternity without the salvation that Christ offers.

And this neighbor analogy not only serves to describe our neighborhoods, but our communities and nation as well. The point is that we need to be aware of the current state of spirituality around us.

Reading John 3:16-17, we understand Jesus’ heart in trying to save the world. He literally gave himself up as a ransom for EVERYONE, even those who live in our communities. This is why it is so important to ask God for a heart like his. It’s a difficult thing trying to evangelize only to a certain group or to ostracize certain people because of your dislike for them (just as Jonah).

Remember, we were completely lost and in need of a savior! It’s easy to forget that at one time in our lives, we were lost and in need of a savior. It’s also easy to become a Pharisee and look down upon those who don’t participate in the faith (see Luke 18:9-14). However, we need to share in the grace from which we have received if we desire to move into authentic faith.

Remember, that all people, even the good ones, need the same salvation. Jesus makes it clear that in God’s eyes, no one is good (Mark 10:18; Romans 3:10). Everyone in our community needs Jesus! Not praying for the salvation of people who annoy you, insult you, or even work against you is antithetical to the biblical message (Luke 6:28).

And lastly, remember that our struggle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:10-12). Our war is spiritual. We are fighting for the souls of every person, because their condition was brought about by heavenly rebellion. Sometimes, we need to be bold and proclaim Jesus to the lost. Other times, we need to fight by praying over them and asking that God opens the door to their hearts. But either way, we understand that there is another force that is also fighting for their souls.