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The Gospel Cures Every Kind Of Stupid

30 Apr

The Gospel Cures Every Kind Of Stupid…

Brains vs. Prejudices / Stupidity / Tolerance

Prejudice: Prejudice is an assumption or an opinion about someone simply based on that person’s membership to a particular group. For example, people can be prejudiced against someone else of a different ethnicity, gender, or religion.

Stupidity: Given to make unintelligent decisions or acts : acting in an unintelligent or careless manner : lacking intelligence or reason : brutish.

Tolerance: Is about accepting the fact that you cannot have your way in all circumstances in life. It also means you accept that others are different and have different abilities. If you can appreciate these differences, you are said to be tolerant.

When do we, as Christians, learn when to focus only on Jesus and not on what is happening in the world? We all know Satan is trying to control us and the world, so why isn’t God the center of our world instead of everything else? 

Jesus first teaches us that the greatest of all commandments is to love God with our whole being because God is the foundation of love. It is only by loving God that we truly learn how to love. Right away, Jesus continues it with loving your neighbor as yourself because once we put God at the center of our love, we learn how it is to genuinely do the same for our neighbors.

Prejudices, everybody has some, even though they don’t like to admit to it. Some work very hard to show theirs, while some work very hard to lock theirs up. I like to think I fall in the latter group.

As a Christian, I try to put God first and think before I engage my mouth. Sometimes, I fail, especially when it comes to someone degrading another over something petty or stupid.

Yet, over the years, I have found that very few people take the trouble to use their brains as long as their prejudices are in working condition. Is it because of the way they were raised or just peer pressure to be one of the gang? Why is it so easy to take the stupid route rather than follow the Bible?

Either way, it is wrong if you are a Christian. It shouldn’t matter if their skin is a different color, their ethnicity is different or if they believe differently than you do, you are God’s representative here on earth and as such should embrace all He stands for in your relationships with all who cross your path. Sometimes, we just must ask ourselves: What would Jesus do?

There are no coincidences in life. God places these people in your path for a reason, and I’m pretty sure it isn’t for you to downgrade them or to turn your back to them. For all of us who lived the Christian faith, we have definitely heard the phrase “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. Mark 12:31.” But what does it really mean to love your neighbor as yourself? Do we truly understand the way Jesus Christ intended?

Did you ever consider that He just may be testing you to see how you would react? What would you say if that stranger you just placed judgment on, turned around, and said, “Let’s have a cup of coffee because we need to talk”, and that person just happened to be God?

The problem is that too many Christians fail to engage their brains before they open their mouths and, in doing so, makes the whole Christian community look bad. God gave us a brain and the power to use it to meet any of our goals. Yet, we seem to find it easier to put our prejudices in front of our brain like it never exists. As Forest Gump said… Stupid is as stupid does.

In Jesus’ commandment, He taught us that it is not about asking who our neighbor is. Rather, it is about our own willingness to be a neighbor, ready to love. It is obvious in the parable of the Good Samaritan that our neighbor can even be a complete stranger who we can expect nothing from in return. But, following the commandment of Jesus means being a neighbor to everyone, and most importantly, it is about us being that good neighbor. It starts with ourselves.

Let us remember that on the sixth day God said let us create man in our image… and in the third chapter of John it says Jesus came to redeem all men… The time has come for all Christians to live up to their commitment to God and follow His commandments. Love your neighbors as yourself and as I have loved you.

By loving our neighbor as ourselves, Christ has made it impossible for us to fail because we are very good at taking care of ourselves. We want what is best for us, and by making our own selves as the benchmark of how we should love others, Jesus has shown us how to truly love our neighbors.

Another important teaching in loving our neighbor as ourselves is that we realize that we should not wait for when we feel loved before we start to love others. We do not have to wait until we feel that we have a surplus of self-love before we give it away to our neighbors. The commandment made it perfectly clear: love your neighbor exactly as you love yourself. No more and no less.

Grandfather always preached the golden rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. Respect others, and they will respect you. Then, he added this statement: “No matter what you do or no matter what you say, love isn’t love until you give it away.”

These lessons, as well as others, are taught in the Gospels. Open your Bible and read it all, and then you will learn how it has an answer for every question in life. It just may offer you some insight on how to avoid being stupid.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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