Love your neighbor as yourself

February 1, 2012

What's the gospel in seven words? We asked theologians, pastors and others both to answer this question and to
expand on this in a few sentences. To see all the responses together as they're posted, bookmark this page. Add your own version here. --Ed.

Love your neighbor as
yourself.

This always seemed like
hard moral advice that very few of us were really able to follow. But in recent
times its meaning seems clearer. Loving mainly ourselves--which is the
definition of the high consumer society we inhabit--means creating a world that
stinks. It's a world that is getting steadily hotter, where almost all of us
feel increasingly economically insecure.  Jesus had it figured out: It
only works when we're in it together.

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