Equality

If someone accuses a Christian of “inequality” the Christian is either not biblical or the accuser is wrong.

Mark 12:28-34

The Great Commandment

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbour as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’

Jesus says “‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’”   God first and equality second.

Jesus himself says that the 2nd most important command is equality worked out through love of our neighbour.

Loving our neighbours is (in part) is giving them grace.  Grace is giving our neighbour something they desperately need but have not earned.  Before we know what they desperately need, we need to get down and throw away our assumptions/bias/preconceived prejudice, walk around (relationship, understand, empathy) and pray.

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