Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Love - The Cause of the Irrelevance of Morality
I read earlier tonight on another blog that one reason people oppose the Bible is because people are being pressured to essentially ignore biblical morality (It's actually a wonderful post - I highly recommend it: 3 Reasons People Oppose the Bible). The author attributes this to Jesus' commandment that we love our neighbor.
I've heard many people say this many times, and I can't say they're wrong. But, I will say that we're wrong in how we're going about this love. I am a firm believer that we should teach and follow practices of tolerance. I am a firm believer that we must love not only our neighbor, but our enemies as well. Why? Abraham Lincoln said it best: "Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"
We tend to think that to love our neighbor, we must allow sin, and even partake in such sin. And that we must argue and yell and complain about tolerance and intolerance and everything in between. This is not tolerance. This is not love. Love is saying "Murder is wrong. What you did is wrong. But, God still loves you, and I still love you, and I will help you and pray for you." Love is saying "Come with me, let me show you another way."
When we show tolerance, understanding, compassion and love to a thief - we have a great potential of turning that thief from his life of crime. When we show tolerance, understanding, compassion and love to a prostitute - we have a great potential of turning her from her life of sexual immorality.
When used correctly, love and tolerance strengthen morality - they don't make it irrelevant. They don't make it non-existent.
Jesus did not give us this commandment simply so that sin could run amok. That would be something Satan would do - not Jesus. Jesus gave us this commandment because he knew that love can and will conquer sin. He gave us this commandment because he knew this is the way to Him, and to Heaven.
And yet so many choose not to follow this main commandment because they believe it will cause more sin. Those who believe this to be true are basically saying - "Christ Jesus... you are wrong!" They are saying "God, You truly don't have a clue about mankind - Your own creation!"
Do you believe Jesus had it wrong? Do you believe that Christ would lead us in a direction which causes more sin? If so, keep believing love is not the answer....