I was raised in the Christian faith. I have attended many kinds of churches over the years. I have read extensively the Christian writers, both historical and contemporary, both liberal and fundamentalist.
I have been witness to countless righteous exemplars of the Christian discipline, and to far too many who have committed egregious acts in its name.
I have perpetually struggled to gain a clearer grasp of the God of my understanding, and thus, of my own role in this life.
I am fully aware that not all my readers and friends are followers of the Christian teachings, which is fine by me. Whatever our personal conceptions and beliefs about Jesus, it is indisputable that he radically disrupted the socio-political landscape of his time (and still does).
From the biblical book of Matthew, chapter 22:
36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’c38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
What a radical assertion! That our lives and our relationships could be governed by two simple rules. How much healthier might we, and our world, be, were we to adopt and fully subscribe to both?