Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 4, 2005
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 4, 2005
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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The greatest commandment
"But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced
the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, a
lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. 'Teacher,
which is the great commandment in the law?' And he
said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your
mind. This is the great and first commandment. And
a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as
yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law
and the prophets.'"
Love is the greatest commandment in biblical law. With
just four concise sentences, Jesus sums up the entire
Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures) for us. Love God with
every fiber, breath, and cell of our being. Then love
our neighbors as ourselves. Love ourselves as we love
our neighbors. A teaching for all cultures, this Great
Commandment, speaks to every generation, every nation,
and every sexual orientation.
We all fall short and miss the mark in loving God, our
neighbor, and ourselves. Today many mainline Christian
denominations often practice intolerance and discrimination,
causing great pain and suffering for sexual minorities.
Christian churches that do not recognize same-sex love
are not practicing the Golden Rule as taught by Jesus.
Some Christian ministries explain their prejudice against
same-sex love by saying they "hate the sin and love the
sinner," but often they reject, refuse, and prohibit
sexual minority people's basic human courtesies and
human rights. Sometimes these Christian ministries
go further than withholding blessings, they distort
this basic teaching of Christ to justify fund-raising
for themselves and political candidates that continue
these policies of oppression of LGBT people, policies
that often contribute to a lack of job security and
health insurance for LGBT people, as well as acts of
physical violence against them. Tragically, these non-
welcoming Christian churches can cause profound spiritual
injuries to many seekers who have been demonized and
denigrated by these houses of worship.
I am often considered "too controversial" to lead centering
and contemplative prayer groups at those non-affirming
churches. Does this surprise you? When will we learn
to live and practice our highest calling? When will we
finally obey Jesus and live this commandment to love?
More love, O God, to You, our neighbors, and ourselves.
Grace and peace,
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