I seem to recall an episode of Frasier where Frasier’s dad said he’d be brushing his teeth and an idea for a song would come in.
Well, I’m not exactly that bad. Great ideas come to me when I’m getting breakfast going. Maybe it’s just as simple as I’ve taken the brain out of gear and have a chance to think about things.
But I’m getting away from what came into my mind.
I’ve been thinking of things going on during our Election Year, things I see in the news, and just what I see and hear people saying. And it came to mind that as Christians, and if we truly claim to follow Jesus, then we’re called to a higher standard.
Need an example? Here’s that higher standard as outlined by Jesus. Jesus is quoted in Matthew 27-28 to say:
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery; 28 but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.“
Well that’s pretty straightforward and it doesn’t take a person with advanced degrees in theology or philosophy or ethics to figure it out.
What Jesus is saying is that the higher standard we’re called for applies to what’s in our hearts and minds and not just out physical actions. Perhaps that’s why Paul wrote to take every thought captive.
Well, here’s what went through my mind as I was pouring my cereal.
Simple crime statistics have demonstrated that hate is a large cause of murders where the killer doesn’t know the victim (believe it or not, most killers know the person they’re killing – that why the murder of spouses and children is such a big deal – and that’s any nation or culture. Of course most of these don’t happen in front of other people, don’t wind up on social media, and happen so often that if they even mange to make the news, they’re forgotten the very next day). Hate for people with different ideas, skin colors, sexual preferences, and etc. is a leading reason for murder where the killer doesn’t know his victim.
Now, with that out of the way, let’s take Matthew 27 and 28 and apply it to murder.
If you look at anyone with hate for any reason and all you do is hate them for any reason, yet don’t actually raise a finger against them, does that make you guilty of murder?
Does not objecting to the hate make you an accessory to murder?
Does it apply?
Or am I putting words into my Savior’s mouth?
Like the title says, “Something to make you go Hmmm.”