Thursday, May 19, 2011
over 400 in Jerusalem alone (the 2 greatest Hillel's and Gamaliel's) "What is The Greatest commandment?" If Jesus was the highest authority on such issues, His response was very, very important. He said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength." Then he expanded and said, "The second is like the first, Love your neighbor as you love yourself." That is very interesting, however I am convinced that in the Church in our generation, as it has been in most, we obey neither of these two. We have good thoughts about people, we wish them well, we even take time to breathe a prayer for them, sometimes consistently,
but loving our neighbor as ourself is one we cannot, truly, fathom. It means things we don't really want to consider. Do we pray for the promotion so we advance or do we pray equally, and with sincerity, for our co-worker? I will relate to you, it happens, almost, never. What is even just as fascinating is considering that God loved us in a way that brought Him extraordinary pain, in essence, He loved others at His own expense! A lifetime well spent would be one seeking these two grand moral themes, whether we ever gained or lost anything else. Finally, there is country. It is a terrible time we live in when bitterness toward our nation is common and approved. However, what democracy is about, at least American democracy, is a government built on the premise of equality. The preamble says, since we all were created equal, and there is the underpinning. If we were created, there is, by nature of creation, an inherent equality amongst mankind. Our government went beyond and tried to establish just enough government to keep the peace and protect the citizens and then stay well away from the individual. That means the remainder of our lives is at our freedom and disposal. We can travel where we wish, follow the vocation we wish, marry the man or woman we wish, and experience a freedom untouched by the powers at be. Any other form of government has been, at best, a far second, and at worst a tyrannical and despotic nightmare. Abraham Lincoln once said, "I like to see a man proud of the place (the land) in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place (the land) will be proud of him." Well, there it is, (1)God, (2)We begin and end with family, (3)Love for country.
Posted by Angela Marie at 11:05 AM