Love your neighbour as yourself

I started writing this because I am concerned that my fellow Christians spend too much time worrying about legal issues (see also this post) and not enough time worrying about the most important commandment Jesus gave us before he left for heaven: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39; And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.’40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40.

These are the words that we should live by as clearly indicated by Jesus, but too often we find ourselves in a crusade against what we perceive to be an affront to our Christian lifestyle and forget that we don’t live in the World that God has prepared for us quite yet, we live in this broken World.

In an ideal world there would be no rape, no dangerous or even unwanted pregnancies.

In an ideal world a man or a woman would not be rejected by anybody let alone a Christian brother or sister for who they love, their gender or the colour of their skin.

In an ideal world my Gay friend would be the first one to tell you that he would have chosen to fall in love with a person of the opposite sex, rather than suffering years of self-doubt and rejection by his close ones.

But we don’t live in an ideal world, we live in a broken one and as Christians, who have already experienced the amazing grace and love of God, it is not our job to judge, it is our job to LOVE. And regardless of how many times you say the words ‘I say this in love’, if you have to add these five little words to your language, it means that you are talking judgment, not love.

So before you think of forbidding abortion, think about the woman faced with the terrifying decision she has to make when she finds out she is pregnant with an ectopic pregnancy (or any other condition that would kill her if she continues with the pregnancy); think about the 13 year old girl who finds herself pregnant after being raped by her stepfather; think about the 16 year old girl who finds herself homeless after her parents found out she was pregnant.

Before you condemn a man or a woman to a life of loneliness for being attracted to a person of the same sex, think about Genesis 2:18, when the Lord God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” That suitability is NOT your call.

I do realise that many of us will never agree on this, but our CALL is not to debate these issues, or make them political, our CALL is to spread the good news that Jesus is alive.

The danger of spending ALL of our time in the company of other Christians, at the centre of Christian communities, doing Christian activities is that we forget what it feels like to live in the World and the needs that we may have when living outside of God’s embrace.

Being a Christian is not supposed to feel comfortable. It is supposed to be a daily struggle. Our ancestors, the first Christians, suffered for their faith; we should do too.

We are supposed to be the ones being hurt and crucified, we are not supposed to be the crucifiers!

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