What Jesus Would Not Do was born from an increasing sense of frustration over the fact that the fundamental tenants of the faith known as Christianity are often misrepresented by the media, the world and sadly by an alarmingly large share of those who claim to be Christians. It is my hope that we can shed some light on what God’s Word actually teaches and remove at least a speck or two of the confusion that is often left in the wake of the words and actions of many who frequently misrepresent the faith they claim to have and follow.
We do not claim to be the clearing house for truth. In fact we would never encourage anybody to accept anything written here as being the truth. In the Bible God exhorts us to seek the pages of Scripture for guidance, comfort, and instruction so that we may be thoroughly equipped. The only resource for that equipping that we recommend is the Bible itself. In Acts 17:10-11 we are told:
“ Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” – Acts 17:11(New King James).
Whether you read it here, hear it at church, in the media or from the pages of a favorite author we would strongly encourage anyone to take the message that they have been given and search the Scriptures to see if it is true. If God commended the people in Berea for doing that after hearing a message from the apostle Paul He would certainly commend that we do the same with the messages we hear.
Although it is often portrayed as a rule book, the Bible is actually a love story – the greatest love story ever told. Before getting into consideration of any complicated theological dialogue we encourage the reader to consider the following passage:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:36-40 (New King James)
When asked to make a brief, almost Tweetable, statement of the most important commandments God responded with a call to love – a call to love God first and our neighbor second.
The importance of love is highlighted repeatedly throughout Scripture. One of the clearest statements about the necessity for love is found in the beginning of the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:6-12
That description speaks volumes about God’s perspective. It doesn’t matter how many religious shows we put on or how many religious activities we attend or engage in they are all counted as nothing more than noise in God’s sight if they are done in the absence of love.