Friday, 4 June 2021

Our Great Betrayal?

 

Jesus once asked, “Who is my brother?” (Matthew 12:48). Strange how such a simple question can become so confusing and subjective for so many of us. Equally strange how religious doctrines, even Christian ones, can often seem to justify polar opposite understandings of those four simple words. Who is my brother? Who are our brothers?

My purpose in writing this is not to add yet more to the plethora of writing that already exists on how to LOVE one another and what our responsibilities are (or should be) to our fellow man. I am not here to try and justify my doctrine as opposed to the understanding of others. Obviously the human race has been plagued by sin since the days of Adam and Eve. Sad, how the very next generation already saw one man murder his brother.

When I am tempted to point fingers at what I perceive to be another’s doctrinal error concerning _____ (you fill in the blank), I remind myself that the Bible also says, “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). That includes you and me. Which brings us back to the need for LOVE.

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

(1 Corinthians 13; The Message)

So where do we go from here? I suppose that is something we will each have to decide for ourselves. Personally, I am done with questioning and arguing the doctrines of others. The way I see it, that is a private matter between them and God. I believe that I am simply called to LOVE no matter where they come from doctrinally. The bottom line is, God LOVES me! God LOVES others too! That is the crux of the Gospel message. If we believe that, then that makes others my brothers and my sisters. Something to think about. Peace.

The person who refuses to love,

doesn’t know the first thing about God,

because God is love.

(1 John 4; The Message)

Quote Source: Revise Us Again, by Frank Viola (p.96)

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