“Hate one another as I have hated you” has become the new “Love one another as I have loved you.” Somewhere along the line, the doctrine of Christianity had become muddied with what is and is not biblical. If memory serves me correctly, the Old Testament showed us what the letter of the law was and the New Testament shows us what the heart of the law is today. The Messiah came to fulfill the law; a law that humans could never keep perfectly, but Jesus, being perfect, was able to perfect and fulfill the whole law for us. He was beaten for that law, was crucified for that law, hung on a cross for that law, had nails driven into His hands and feet for that law so that we, as mere mortal humans, could be set free from the heavy burden of the law. He took that law to the cross with him giving us the perfect heart of the law which is, in fact, Jesus Himself.
In the Old Testament, God laid down 10 commandments in stone that His people were to follow. In the New Testament, God took those 10 commandments and consolidated them into what he said encompassed all the commandments – love. Today, there must be words between the lines that I can not read. Somewhere in the Bible it must say, “We should love everyone except those who have different belief from ours, except those who have a different sexual orientation than ours, except those who have a different socio-economic status than ours, except those who are fat, skinny, addicts, old, young, mentally ill, or to put it more simply, we should love everyone except those who are just plain different from us.” It must say that in the Bible because that is what so many “Christians” are spewing. Long forgotten is the loving kindness Jesus spoke of when he went to the cross to die for all of us who were then sinners and yet he loved us and sent a prayer up to His Father asking Him to forgive us because we know not what we do.
Why do I write these things? I write them because I am saddened by the hatred that spews from the mouth of many who profess to be Christians. A true Christian is a follower of Christ, I don’t remember Christ spitting hatred on those who were already in sin. If I am not mistaken, he sat and ate dinner with those very people who are appalling to those who profess their Christianity.
February 28, 2016 at 2:15 pm
GREAT post ……. so much of what we hear today is rhetoric ….. it is easy for the media, the pundits, and the commenters to hide behind a key board and send out hurtful, hateful messages. Because there is anonymity and lack of repercussions …. it’s not often you’ll see people offering their negative, inflammatory viewpoint on a sign in the their yard ….. they couldn’t handle the heat!