Apparently there’s a United States Supreme Court case being argued this week that is causing a bit of a debate.(I’ve addressed this divisive issue in several posts.)
However, I’m wondering if Christians are making too much of this issue by arguing as though it is the world’s greatest sin. Well, to determine the world’s greatest sin, we would need to look at the world’s greatest commandment:
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:36-40).
So, the greatest sin is not the current issue before the Supreme Court. And it’s not even any of the so-called “litmus tests” used to determine who or who is not following biblical commandments.
The greatest sin would be . . .
To not love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. And to . . .
To not love your neighbor as yourself.
Yes, I have strong views on this issue, but it is not the biggest issue in the eyes of Jesus. So, I need to keep it in perspective. And most of all, I need to make sure as I discuss it, I am loving God and my neighbor. And even if you choose to view those in opposition to your view as an “enemy,” Jesus has this to say:
“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:43-45a).
So, yes, I am very concerned about this issue, but I’m also very concerned that I pray for the greater issue of seeing my opponents come to love God and to address this issue in a spirit of love.
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