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Inspiring, Yet Sad Sign of Our Times

I was on my usual internet walk about today and encountered this picture.  I am not an intensely religious person.  I am not here to share those views today.  What I was struck by was the very powerful message this thing conveyed.

Now when I do find a picture, like this one, I do try to do some digging around and see what others feel about it.  It was somewhat disturbing what I did find.  There were 62 comments on this picture where I did find the original.  The focus of the discussion became a raging argument over one of the statements on the poster.  I bet you can guess what it was.  If you said Muslim, or Black, you are very off base.

Yes the arguments raged back and forth over whether the bible condoned or condemned being gay.  It was a very sad discourse, and I almost decided not to post this picture based on the argument.  However, through all of this, a single comment surfaced that made this poster more relevant than ever, and that galvanized my need to put this up for you today.

The message behind the poster is great, but the idealistic part of me thinks it’s a shame it had to be put up in the first place.

That simple statement boiled down everything I was thinking as I saw the message that was conveyed here.  Now, forget for a moment that this is a religious message.  Take an unbiased look at what it is saying.  What are your thoughts about the message here?  More importantly, what do you think this says about the times we live in today?

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About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

13 Responses to Inspiring, Yet Sad Sign of Our Times

  1. Patti says:

    Unfortunately, I tend to think the message is intended to be political/social activism rather than actually loving. Just a feeling.
    However, the seemingly-intended sentiment is supported by Jesus in Luke chapter 10 – a man who knows that the Law requires “Love your neighbor as yourself” wants to know, “who is my neighbor?” Jesus answers with the parable of the Good Samaritan, and the man has to acknowledge that the hated and despised Samaritan who had shown mercy to a man who fell among robbers was the injured man’s true neighbor. And Jesus finishes by telling him to go and do likewise.
    Did anyone bring that up in the 62 comments about the picture?

    • Mike Lemons says:

      Unfortunately I did not see that conveyed. I certainly wish it had. The arguments centered around the typical Leviticus 18:22 “you shall not lie with a male as with a woman, it is an abomination”. Personally, I find it interesting how open to interpretation the Bible seems to be. Almost any moral argument can find passages in support or refute of their position on something.

  2. charity beth says:

    Whether or not we agree about the “right or wrong” of people’s behavior, love is not an option. It’s just not.

    Love is the over-riding command of the Bible. Rom 13:8 says “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.”

    And the Message Bible makes it clear:

    Luk 6:4-42 “It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”

  3. Luther says:

    As a previous poster said love is not an option. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves….but the first command was to love the Lord thy God with all they hear, soul, mind, and strength. The whole law hangs on these two and is summarized there.

    While love is not an option the acceptance of behavior as normal is. It quite possibly is a sad sign of our times that anything and everything is becoming acceptable and normalized.

    Love thy neighbor as thyself….in truly loving yourself you should seek the truth and do no harm to your person….the same can be said of your attitudes and actions towards those around you.

  4. Kelly Lynch Ring says:

    Great Article & Great Comments!

  5. vakkermom says:

    Commenters on this photo missed the point of the message. The command is to love the NEIGHBOUR. Nowhere does it say, “Love what he does” or “Love how she lives.” These are not the same thing, and THAT is where we get hung up.

  6. Almost fourteen months ago, my lovely bride delivered our son into the world. He’s got my curiosity and tenacity, which means he gets into everything and does it all the time. He’s also got my wife’s palette, which means if he doesn’t like it, he’s not going to eat it.

    When my son was sick, it was all we could do to get some medicine into him. We knew that the amoxicillin the doctor prescribed was going to cure his ear infection. It didn’t matter to him though. He fought it the twice-a-day the prescription called for.

    It reminded me of the argument about visual effects studios and the business model they work under.

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