Wednesday, November 12, 2008

▪ what would jesus do?

Author's note: This is an elaboration of part of an earlier post, "prop 8: bigotry and hate masked as law."

Whatever the religious right might say about the religious basis for their opposition to equality for gay people, the truth remains it is not in keeping with the fundamental teachings of Christ. Jesus made it very clear what his Gospel was all about:

When asked how one inherits eternal life he made it clear that one must love God and love his neighbor as himself. Luke 10:25-28

To illustrate the point he described how one goes about loving one’s neighbor.

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matt 7:12

Notice he didn’t say, “Be sure to point out your moral superiority to your neighbor.”

He didn’t say, “Love them by taking their rights and civil liberties away.”

He didn’t say, “Love your neighbor unless you find something about your neighbor’s life makes you uncomfortable.”

No… he said, “Treat them the way you would want to be treated.”

So let me ask you; would I be treating you the way you would want to be treated by trying to pass a constitutional amendment banning you from practicing your religious beliefs because I thought it was in the best interest of society?

Let me put it another way…

What Would Jesus Do?

Be careful how you answer. Very often your answer will tell us more about you than what Jesus would actually do or what he actually taught.

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