When Jesus was asked, “What is the great commandment?” He answered, of course, that we should love God with all that we are. He followed up by saying that the second greatest commandment was like it: that we should love our neighbors as ourselves. He then further emphasized these two commandments by saying that the entire Law and Prophets hang on them. It’s hard to imagine how He could have declared them any more important than this.
Though many Christians today might be able to quote this teaching of Jesus, they have a very different view of the great commandment. To them, the great commandment is, “Go to church.” I say this because if they find out that you believe in Jesus but do not attend church, they want to talk about nothing else. “You need the fellowship, brother.” “How can you say you believe in Jesus if you don’t assemble as part of His body?” “The church is the bride of Christ: how can you belong to Him if you don’t belong to it?” They don’t always insist that you attend their church, but they do want you to attend someone’s. They do not show a similar interest in whether or not you love God or love your neighbor. In fact, their commandments seems almost to be: “You need new neighbors!” (Neighbors, of course, means “near ones.”)
At this point, you have a choice: you can either accept Jesus as your authority and follow His commandments, or you can accept these churchgoers as your authority and follow their commandments. As for me, I’ll follow Him.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.