34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22, KJV.
The word of Mr. McCance’s dilemna was delivered to me late this evening. Mr. McCance is Vice President of Midland Arkansas School District. He posted the following comments on his personal Facebook page, “I would disown kids (if) they were gay…my kids will have solid Christian beliefs”. To all of the would be parents who “think” you “own” your children, you do not. You own a car, a house, a dog or a cat. You do NOT own children. But I quickly digress. It is heart wrenching – the bullying and gay bashing of kids – Period! Why would a parent “disown” a child is beyond me. A home should be a place of solace, a place of safety. Who else are they going to run to?
One day, long ago, I read the above biblical passage, probably for the umpteenth time, but it was on the umpteenth time that I got it. And it was on that day, that my life changed dramatically. There was a shift in my consciousness that confirmed that I had come across some life-altering information. Let us revisit the dialogue between the Master and the Lawyer. The Master responded to the lawyer by saying that “thou shalt love…God with…thy heart, thy soul, and with…thy mind”. What I found interesting on that day, long ago, was that the Master did not just stop there. The Master continued with bonus data by saying, “the second is like the first, thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself”. The operative words in the “bonus” material, then as now are “like” and “as thyself”. You see Mr. McCance, you have been commanded to Love your Neighbor. The standard, per your Master, Mr. McCance, is loving thy Neighbor as Thyself, second only to the first commandment of Loving God. Now that is what I would call “solid Christian doctrine”.
COMMENTARY: You cannot know how to LOVE your neighbor without first understanding how to love yourself – Period! The standard by which you love your neighbor is the SAME or LIKE standard that you Love Yourself and Your God (or whatever you want to call God). I have been saying this for years, it is about Love you guys, it is simply about L-O-V-E, Love. What Mr. McCance said was from his heart and with hate. And we had better become more conscious of our hatred and/or bigotry or we are in trouble, not only as a people – red, yellow, black, white, gay or straight, but as a Planet. – Period, Case-Closed.