“The essential element in Christianity as it was preached by Jesus and as it is comprehended by thought, is this, that it is only through love that we can attain to communion with God. All living knowledge of God rests upon this foundation: that we experience Him in our lives as will-to-love…
“The thinking (person) must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.”
- Rev. Dr. Albert Schweitzer
Recently the Southern Baptist denomination announced that their members would be leaving the Boy Scouts en masse in protest over the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow gay boys to participate as Scouts. I was immediately reminded of Jesus’ call to love our neighbor unconditionally, and reminded of how Jesus’ message is so often defiled by those who claim to follow him.
The Reverend Doctor Albert Schweitzer is my favorite Christian theologian of all time. Among the many accomplishments of this Nobel Peace Prize laureate were his monumental works, “The Quest of the Historical Jesus” and “Out of My Life and Thought,” which argued that the entire message of the life and teachings of Jesus could be distilled into the message of a call to unconditional love. This simple message guided the actions of his life, and was summed up in his famous term, “Reverence for Life.”
The quotes above are offered as guidance to the Southern Baptists and others who would claim to let the life and message of Jesus the Christ guide the actions of their life.
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