Violence in the name of love

Matthew 22:34-46; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

Jesus is clear that the greatest commandment is to love God and that a second commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves. The commandment to love is the basis of all the world’s major religions. Few Christians would argue that anything is more important to God.

For some, loving God requires that we follow religious law as it’s been passed down and interpreted over the years for what’s been deemed the good order of the community: male headship of family and church; marriage as possible only between men and women; unquestioning obedience to parents, even when parents are abusive or wrong. Many Christians believe that these laws are steeped in the commandment to love God and neighbor.


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