INTRODUCTION It seems that every year or so a passage of Scripture is latched on to by the church and the surrounding world. One that I have heard more and more over the past year is, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” or just, “love your neighbor.” This is a great command. As Christians, we should love this command. We should know this command. We should embrace this command. So why do I want to talk about this command? We shouldn’t have a problem that people are quoting Scripture. It’s great that this command is spoken but the problem is how it is used, how it has been applied. This verse has been used and abused lately. I’ve heard it used by church and seminary leaders, other normal Christians, and even politicians. It’s been used on both sides of the issues that have been happening in our country today. From Covid to protests, to plagiarism, to wokeness, the phrase, “love your neighbor” has been wielded as a weapon on both sides. But what does this phrase mean? Is it right for us to use the phrase, “love your neighbor” and then we fill in the blank after that with whatever we want? Can we biblically do this? Does God allow us to define what this command means? Or has God told us what this phrase means? Let’s take a look at the Scripture.
What is love? How do you define love? If you were to ask most people it would have to do with feelings. The phrase “love is love” has been offered by our culture suggesting that feelings of affection toward anyone or anything is love. All of these feelings of affection are equally valid and good….
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the…