I don’t know who needs to hear that, but I sure need to preach it.
Jesus never said, “you have to love everyone or you’re a bad Christian.” Also, most of the time, we dont even know what “love” is. Take for example, the rich young ruler. In Mark 10:21 we read, “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” But then the rich young ruler simply walked away sad and Jesus let Him go.
Letting him just walk away sad was love.
In Acts 3 we read of Peter and John who encounter, “a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.” Everyday! So it is quite likely this is a man who Jesus walked past, perhaps even stepped over, and did not even try to heal.
And the pharisee, the “pits of vipers” and the “whitewashed tombs?” Well, we can call that a form of love too if you like, I’m just saying, it wasn’t the, surrender all and lay down in the road like a doormat kind of love.
Jesus Himself said in Matthew 10:34, “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.”
Let’s apply this to real life. Darkly humorous but I swear, I could be in the process of being mugged by a pack of armed goons and some do gooder Christian is going to come along and completely misdiagnose the problem. They will decide the problem is, you’re just too judgy, also not charitable enough with your money! Jesus loved everybody, how come you’re not loving the goons who are robbing you?
Then as I’m lying on the ground moneyless, broke and beat up, they’ll say, sheesh you really just need to be more forgiving. Now you’ve gone and hurt the poor guy’s feelings…
I was this many years old before I realized Christians can be really, really good at creating the motherlode of all one sided relationships and ushering you right into a bad situation.
A bit funny, but I’ve never had a Christian come along and go, if you’re being robbed just shoot first and let God sort it all out later! Oh no, all the calls for forgiveness and mercy are ALWAYS directed at the bad guy. And of course, the secular world joins right in, all the bleeding hearts eager to virtue signal themselves and complain about all the unkind Christians who have no empathy.
That’s not love, that’s just patheticism.