Why did Jesus become a Christian?
Now, don't scratch your heads too hard...there is method in my madness (or is it 'madness in my method'..?).
What I mean is, well, a Christian is someone who follows Jesus, and acts like Him right?
So He had to act in a certain way in the beginning...right?
And why did He do that? (Cue the music from Jeopardy...duh di duh do dum di dum...)
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself"
Love God, love they neighbour. There's no division between these; the second is not the lesser, it's supported by the greatness of the first.
Supported, and amplified.
It's not about Halellujah! and God wants you well!
In this time of enforced isolation, and at all other times besides, it's about seeing Christ when you look at that grumpy old guy down the street, or that really hot chick who lives next door (that would be Barbara).
It's about keeping up on emails and Facebook, using FaceTime to chat, waving at the people you see in person and shouting Hello!
It's about having a meal delivered to someone who's sick, and organizing a meal service for a sick family.
It's about cutting the grass and trimming the hedge for someone who just can't do it now, so they don't feel like life is falling down in every way.
It's about making sure that grumpy old guy, even though he's an athiest (GASP!) sees that someone cares, that he's not alone.
You'll note that Jesus didn't say, Love thy Christian neighbour.
Love they neighbour, period.
That's what it's all about. That's the price of admission, and that's the ransom.
Keep your better angels bold,
don’t give the demons what they seek;
protect the very young and old,
and give your food unto the weak.
Shelter those who have not hope
in your prayers, if not your home,
and help your widowed neighbor cope,
for cares should not be borne alone.
Be the lantern-glow at midnight,
be the brave that shuts out fear,
be the one who ends the fight
and then dries the foe’s salt-tears
for it is true, after all,
that together, we surely will not fall.
Here's Missalette performing an uptempo version of They Will Know We Are Christians.
Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback soon.
Friends are everything. I couldn't have done it.
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