We are interconnected. Our sin deeply affects each other. One nations economy moves another’s. Apathy is contagious, corruption dominos, selfishness snowballs and the next thing you know we’re all in this huge mess.
Israel was supposed to be a light to the nations. The merchants coming in from Tarshish, porting in Tyre, should have heard about a God who loves His people, gives them good laws, and blesses them with wisdom and prosperity as they obey. The end of David’s reign, and the beginning of Solomon’s, was the only time this was remotely functioning. The King of Tyre was the one who helped Solomon build the temple.
Now, because God’s people have been caught up in idolatry and assimilation, everyone else remains hopelessly in the dark.
Luckily, the story does not end here. Jesus addresses this directly in Matthew 11:21.
“Woe to you, Bethsadia (Jewish town)! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which have occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.”
We share in the downfall of others, because our Gospel is also contagious, and who knows about it? Do your neighbors know God loves them, sacrificed to redeem them, created them, and has the best advice on how to live? Do the people in your sphere of influence know there is hope because they know you have it?
Empathy is contagious, integrity pays it forward, selflessness snowballs and the next thing you know, things could look up.