I recently read an editorial in the Adventist Review written by Steven Chavez titled, Even Our Adversaries. It made an impression on me and this post borrows heavily from it.
Not long after He had washed His disciples’ feet at the last supper, Jesus spoke to them. His words are recorded in John 13:35: "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one
another”. His words still
challenge us with a nearly impossible goal: to demonstrate our
loyalty to Jesus by the way we love and serve each other.
Jesus didn’t say that proper doctrine would prove we are His disciples; Even though understanding the Bible is important. He didn’t say that our
understanding of Bible prophecy would prove that we are His disciples.
Jesus said that people would know His followers by their commitment to
love everyone—the lovely and the unlovely.
Aren’t there more important things to worry about? What could be more important than the one thing that shows the world that we are disciples of Jesus? Apparently it is too much to ask of Christians because by and large we are known much more for those we hate than those we love.
But if loving one another is too difficult, I’d settle for just a little
civility from Christians. I’m tired of the incivility in
both words and actions among those who find themselves on opposite sides
of the many issues facing our country. I’m not asking people to ignore
their differences, or that they should not take principled stands; I’m
only asking that our conversation and correspondence—both public and
private—be done in a spirit of Jesus.
We can disagree with one another without resorting to name-calling,
baseless rumors, and innuendo, but we can’t call ourselves Christian
unless we love one another—even our adversaries.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.