The greatest commandment

Vox at a voice from eden noticed a theological switcheroo in one of Andrew Sullivan’s posts on “Christianism”:

Sullivan writes: “The first rule for a Christian should be, to my mind, humility in the face of God. That does not square with absolute certainty about God’s politics or the willingness to force others to share the same interpretation of Christ’s message as you do.”
Well, no. The first rule for a Christian is to love — the ONE commandment Jesus gave his followers. Moving and acting in the political realm, in whatever manner the Spirit moves one, should be seen as a way of expressing Christian love. All other motivations for taking part in the political life in our society are secondary to this.

Absolutely correct! I’m disappointed in myself for not seeing it right there in front of me:

Matthew 22:36-40 (New Living Translation)
36“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” 37Jesus replied, ” ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Maybe Andrew Sullivan’s creating an à la carte version of Christianity for himself. He wouldn’t be the first.

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