Gongs and Cymbals

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I’m going to level with you. This essay has been difficult for me to write. I’ve had it on my heart for several weeks, but every time I’ve tried to write it, I’ve been stymied. I don’t know if it was writer’s block or something in the world just didn't want me to say this, but I’ve had to fight my way through it. Some essays come easy. This one did not. It is about love. But we’re not going to be touchy feely. I hope I make you a little uncomfortable.

I’ve written about my Christian faith a number of times. I never want to preach, but I want you to understand that from which I get my values and my decision-making. I’m a believer in living out my faith and backing it up with my actions. I have no use for merely paying lip service to faith because it’s expedient to do so (whether politically, culturally, or socially).

It’s for that reason that I want to discuss love. The Ten Commandments tell us to love our neighbor. We all know that. In Matthew 22, Jesus says that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord but the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. Even if you’re not a believing Christian, I expect your values system accounts for some sort of neighborly love. But let’s talk about what that really means. It is easy to nod your head at loving your neighbor. It is easy to support the concept. It is a lot harder to actually do it in the way that Jesus commands.

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