Many liberals attempt to prop up their leftist agenda by quoting Jesus’ words, “Love your neighbor”. I’ve become convinced that it’s the only Bible verse they know. It’s interesting they never read the verses before that quote, therefore, taking the quote out of its intended context. Look with me at the context of the quote in Matthew 22:34-40…

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Facts about this text:

  1. It is Jesus’ response to a question in which the Pharisees (enemies of Jesus) were trying to entrap him.
  2. Jesus response was a response in keeping with the Old Testament Law. In fact, he was quoting Deuteronomy 6:5.
  3. The first instruction in the context is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”. An instruction that liberals conveniently leave out because it would affect their church attendance, giving, and other areas of Christian discipleship that calls for self-sacrifice and the denial of personal comforts.
  4. The point Jesus was making is that NONE of us love God or our neighbors as ourselves thus proving our total depravity and indicating our inability to make ourselves acceptable to a holy God.

Jesus concludes by saying “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments”. In other words, if you can completely and without fail do these two things 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year (in other words = perfection) then you can earn your way into the presence of a holy God. The problem is that absolutely NONE of us can do that. This is an INDICTMENT – not an INSTRUCTION.

This text (in its context) is what we call a salvific text (dealing with salvation and acceptance to God) not a discipleship text. Does the Bible say to love people? Yes. But that’s not what THIS text is about. Perhaps liberals should actually open a Bible and read the REST of it – they might be amazed at the other things Jesus said.

In addition, Jesus said a lot of things about a lot of things. He spoke about hell, God’s wrath, stewardship, taking up one’s cross, etc. Funny, you never hear liberals quote those sayings of Jesus.

~ by jackpickel on June 29, 2021.

One Response to “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR?”

  1. Spot on brother, keep on bloggin’.

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