What’s So “New” About Jesus’ New Commandment?

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~ John 13:34-35.

The Old Testament says, “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.” Leviticus 19:18

Jesus took it up a notch. He wants us to love one another “as I have loved you.” And He loves us (the whole world!) so much that He sacrificed his life for us.

Selfless love. Boy, that’s hard. But to me, that’s what it means to be a Christian.

The Bible says a lot about love: love for the poor, love for the outcast, love for people who don’t fit into our image of “worthy.” My definition of a progressive Christian (for this website) is the most general: I care about these people. I care about all of God’s creation. My greatest focus is on Jesus’ words and deeds.

These issues (caring for the poor and outcast, caring for God’s creation) are political hot-buttons in my country. I have been called a liberal (as a pejorative. Go figure. Liberal means generous!), but I don’t “vote liberal.” I vote conscience, and I pray over each issue. My biggest hope is that we can begin to TALK RESPECTFULLY about these things rather than yelling past one another.

I know I’m not always right. I’m only human (and God loves humans. He said so).

(This site is still under construction. Like you and me, it’s a work in progress.)

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