Brit Hume dared to share the Good News and has been drawn over the coals for it. There has been a huge outcry of hate out of the mainstream media and many (but not all) leftist blogsites. There has even been an outcry of hate from an otherwise rightist commenter on a rightist blogsite I frequent. As a result of a leftist blogsite’s honest questions regarding the basis of Hume’s statement, I have written this article. Please note, Jeff (linked below) did not push the hate, despite being the author of a leftist blogsite. And to that, I give him much credit.
18As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19″Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20At once they left their nets and followed Him.
It is obvious this is an active role and not a passive one, not one of silence.
16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey eerything I have comanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This is Jeff’s reference. And it came straight from Jesus’ mouth.
28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked Him, “of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29″The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your sould and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
32″Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “you are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but Him. 33To love Him with all your heart, and with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask Him any more questions.
A couple points here:
1)Love Providence with your everything. That means Providence is above everything else. There is no room above Providence or beside Providence in your hierarchy if you are to be a follower of Providence.
1A)You are to hold all people as of equal value and worth as yourself. The great concern for yourself must needs be the same for others around you. If you don’t want “it” to happen to you, you shall not wish “it” to happen to others. Those are the greatest commandments of the Old Testament. (Remember context here.) And those commandments were not dissolved by the presence of Christ, as He Himself obviously declared in this passage.
2)”You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Note this doesn’t say “you’re in” but rather “you’re out but close to being in.” And how would it become “you’re in”? That is the most important question of all, and I wrote an article that focuses on that question. I suggest if you’re interested in that answer that you examine that article. But it is tangential to this subject.
I Corinthians 13 (the Love chapter for good reason)
1If I speak in tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I will be the first to admit I have a problem with this chapter, not because there is anything wrong with it but because it shines a light directly on my heart. And it finds me wanting. I have a huge problem with me because of this chapter.
Also note the often-quoted and never-contexted verse about the child v adult thing. Taken within context, it has more power. But taken out of context, people use it to beat their opponents about the head, using false claims.
To tie this all together:
1) Love Providence with your everything.
2) Love your neighbor (anyone you come in contact with) with the same love you have for yourself.
3) If you know how to avoid death and you don’t willingly announce it, you are a) not loving Providence above all else, or b) not loving your neighbor. Or c) (which is even worse) you are narcissistic enough to wish approbation from those who are doomed that you won’t risk telling them the fact they are doomed but you have a way out of the doom.