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Do not Love your Neighbor as yourself!!!

August 30, 2012

Loving your neighbor as you would love yourself could be the worst (dumbest) thing you could do…

The Great Commandment…

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

The problem is now a days that is a bail out… how do you really love yourself? Do you?

You might say Love you Neighbor as you would want to be Loved…. Problem with that is 1. We all don’t like to be loved the same way… 2. It’s still not good enough…

You need to Love your Neighbor as Jesus would love them… just sit there and think about what that would look like.

Openly, honestly, selfless, caring, non-judgmental, unconditional, beautifully, greatly, contentiously, Joyfully, peacefully, genteelly, quietly, ETERNALLY… and many more…

Are you? What would you say if I said you really should LOVE homosexuals?

We’ve yelled at them, ignored them and in some cases damned them to hell without EVER sitting down and actually having a conversation with someone who is gay.

“But Larry,” you say, “the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin.”  Let me put my cards on the table and say that I agree; however, for too long the church has seemed to be obsessed with the sins that we do not struggle with; after all, if I am pointing out the sins of others I don’t have to deal with my own.

People have taken me to I Corinthians 6:9-11 before and said, “look, the Bible says that homosexuals will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.”  I always try my best to point out that also included in that list are…

  • The sexually immoral (anyone been watching porn?)
  • Idolaters (anyone love anyone or anything more than Jesus?)
  • Adulterers (see Matthew 5:27-28)
  • Thieves
  • The greedy (uh oh!)
  • Drunkards (tailgating season is quickly approaching)
  • Slanderers (uh oh, a lot of bloggers and women’s Bible studies are in trouble!)
  • After looking at this list I would say we are all pretty much screwed unless Jesus intervenes.

And…while I am at it why don’t I just go ahead and throw out that gluttony is way more of a problem in the church today than homosexuality!!! (MYSELF INCLUDED!!!)

 

 

Love your Neighbor as Jesus LOVES YOU, and how he would LOVE them too.

 

 

 

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s judgment. For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God–all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God. (Romans 5:6-11)

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