Est. May 2008

11 April, 2015

Tough Love

Just recently, and perhaps in response to Indiana's RFRA law, Mr. Obama made the following statement at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast:
“On Easter, I do reflect that as a Christian, I am supposed to love,” Obama said. “I have to say that sometimes, when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day.”
So what does His Nibs mean by 'less than loving expressions' coming from Christians?  Well, Lloyd Marcus over at American Thinker pretty much nails it: ' The Left's narrative is love equals accepting someone just the way they are.'

The common refrain is, 'Christians are commanded to love their neighbors as they love themselves'.  Okay, answer me this: would you engage in behavior which will definitely lead to your death?  I'm not talking about might lead to death, I'm talking about death is a surety.  Would you, for instance, inject a syringe full of a lethal dose of heroin? 

I hope you answered in the negative.

Okay, then; would you allow a friend or neighbor to shoot themselves with a syringe filled with a lethal dose of heroin?  No?  What would you do to stop them?  Say, 'Don't do that'?  Slap the syringe out of their hands?  Demand they tell you what the ****'s wrong with them?  Chances are, whatever you'd do to stop them will hurt their feelings, or actually cause some kind of physical pain.  But you'll risk that pain, which will go away, if it keeps them from killing themselves.

And if they were demand that you provide the syringe?  Would you do it?  Of course you wouldn't.  Not if you loved your friend or neighbor.

Now, put yourself in the position of a Christian, who knows that living a life of habitual, unrepented sin will end in an eternity of punishment.  Christians warn people that their sin, if continued and unrepented, will send them to hell, they're called 'unloving'; when Christians refuse to participate in behavior that they know is sinful, they're called 'unloving'.  But when you warn your friend that shooting that much heroin will kill them, when you slap the syringe out of their hand, when you demand an answer to your question regarding their mental faculties … you're called 'loving and concerned'.

Christian love looks to eternity.  It knows the judgment and penalty for a life of unrepented, continual sin.  It tells us we are to warn people of their sin.  It tells us we are not to associate with those who habitually sin.  It tells us we are not to approve of, celebrate, or enable continuing sin.

Christians are 'unloving' because we don't want to see anyone suffer eternal damnation, and because we do what we can to keep people from it.

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