September 15, 2018
Luke 10:25-27… And behold, a Lawyer stood up and put Him to the test saying,
“Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And Jesus responded, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”
Jesus masterfully turned this test around. The Lawyer intended to test Jesus… but, then, he ended up answering a question posed by Jesus. Jesus’ question is worthy of consideration. “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” How do you read it? lets us know that Jesus knew some were misinterpreting the Bible. I read arguments posed by church people about God’s plan for homosexuality and the latest point… LGBTQUIA. I have heard and read extreme points from both sides. The argument from the pro-gay people is that Jesus taught us to love everybody equally. That is not a point to argue. But.. “What is love?”
If you were walking a little child across a busy street and the child stumbled and fell, what would you do if the child was in danger? Would you bend down and tell the child how much you loved her, as the approaching car got closer and closer? Or would you grab her by the back of her clothes and drag, if necessary, her to safety? Which is most loving? Which feels better?
Too often, e define love by what Hollywood tells us… or songwriters. We take that definition and lay it on God’s name. We view Him through that filter.
God is love. He defines it for us. His holy name should be the filter through which we view love.
A few people, through the ages, have not loved themselves. Some have taken their own life. But, mostly we care for ourselves, we love ourselves. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Don’t’ get into the religious practice of trying to determine who your neighbor is. He, or she, as in the parable of the Good Samaritan, might be from a different tribe, possibly one that you don’t care for.
People sometimes appear unlovable… perhaps temporarily. Love still.