Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Saturday, August 10, 2019

love others, all others, period

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”
                                                               G.K. Chesterton

We only have one job
Make that two

Love God and
Love our neighbor

If we suck at one, we suck at both

If we really love God we will love our neighbor
If we love our neighbor, we are loving God

It is that simple, and that complicated

Who is our neighbor?

According to Jesus
Through the magical and mystical parable of the Good Samaritan
Our neighbor is whomever we find I our path
More specifically
Whomever we see as we walk along our way
Who is need

Which means of course, is that our neighbors may well
Be the last people we would pick to be our neighbors

The poor
Those with addictions
Those who are troubled and difficult
Those who are different

Our neighbors are the vulnerable
The ones who are very often, difficult to love

But God says,

“you have one job
Love me
And by the way, loving me means loving “them”

The two tasks are inseparable

And if you pretend you love me
But don’t love them

That’s a no go

You can’t ignore people in cages and love me
You can’t bully people, and love me
You can’t tell people of color to “go back to from whence they came”
And love me

You can’t be greedy
Can’t lie
Can’t cheat people
Can’t provoke violence against the defenseless
Can’t send a dark force against the vulnerable

And love me

Yes there are two great commandments
But they are really one

You can’t do one without the other
For I am in each person you meet

You love me
You love them,

And don’t you forget it”

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