Scripture informs us that we are to
“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent
you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find
your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7). Jesus commands us “that you love one another as I
have loved you” (John 15:12) together with “You shall love your neighbor as
yourself” all because “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the
LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly
with your God” (Micah 6:8). Challenging propositions indeed. Challenges that we, as
Christians are called to meet as anything less would be disingenuous.
Luke 10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Mission of the Seventy
10 After this the Lord appointed seventy[a] others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’[b] 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’[c] 12 I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.