Sorry, Edward.
Warren Coughlin
73

I don’t for one second believe that the things you described were done by the type of Christian people that you describe in your good historical examples or the evangelical Christians I described. They are too extremist to be found within any boundaries of Christian ethics. Neither do I believe that rioting, burning flags, looting businesses, banging out car windows, killing police officers and citizens at random, and calling all Trump supporters racists simply because we voted for him, are examples of “love thy neighbor.” However, let me say that in general, one of the hallmarks of every man, woman, and child is that none of us is perfect, and the first time we make an error we are jumped on and devoured by those who call us hypocrites and monsters, so we can certainly expect derision simply because we are human, and thus we are sinners and not perfect.

We should all relate to these victims, as rejection, harassment, and social abuse has no face, and every one of us has experience some form of resistance from others in our past. It hurts to be human, and none of us should tolerate any actions against others, no matter who they are.

The Lord did not teach hate, but he also didn’t tolerate sin. He destroyed the marketplace in front of the temple because merchants were selling wares for people to use in temple sacrifice. He forgave the adulterous woman, but also told her to “go and sin no more”. (This means he considered adultery a sin.) He instructed his disciples to be wary of people who were ravenous wolves yet disguised themselves as lambs. He also rebuked them for not being watchful to danger. These are only a few examples. If you are a Christian, you are supposed to follow his example, and the teachings of his apostles (those he taught to teach us.) The best thing of all here is that he loved them (and us) so much that he voluntarily died and through his self sacrifice,took all sin and delivered it personally to hell, so we could have life through his salvation forever, if only we choose to follow him. That, my friend, is “love thy neighbor”!

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