Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Greatest Commandment

When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: "Teacher, which command in God's Law is the most important?"

Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.' This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them."

- Matthew 22:34-40. Eugene Peterson's The Message.

Jesus himself there says the greatest commandment is to love God and love others. I feel some Christians (including myself) don't really live this out. And this is the most important aspect of our very faith. Christianity is meant to be more of a way of life and less of a religion. Donald Miller talks about religion in his book Searching For God Knows What. While talking about morality, he says that we must have a motive behind our morality, and that reason should be as to lovingly obey God. Yes, the 10 Commandments suck but God created them for a reason. So there were standards set for his fallen creation. Since I love God with all I am (or can, we're not perfect) I want to TRY... TRY.. to live a moral life. Yes we all fall, every second of every minute of every hour of every day of our entire lives. There is a sinful nature battling it out inside of us against the God nature. This makes Christ followers sound bi polar but it's like the proverbial cartoony devil and angel on our shoulders. Who to listen to.

Back to the great commandment. I encourage you to love EVERYBODY even when it's hard. Even when you get attitude, stink eye or beat up. Love them. Try and show it.
I often fail in this area.

Songs that remind me of such love is Fahrenheit by Five Iron Frenzy. When Reese Roper was a child, he idolized Freddy Mercury, despite his homosexuality. At first he said he had it coming and realized later after Freddie died that he should love the sinner and hate the sin. I've said sins are not categorized by God, why do we do it? Theres no love involved in it for sure! When love becomes judging, we lose sight of why we love.

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