This phrase was first used by Churches to have a guiding principal for its members. The phrase has become a hammer by unbelievers to guilt believers into causes that they would not otherwise support. The unbeliever knows very little about the Bible, but they quickly learn certain verses that they can misuse.
The unbeliever is a moral relativist (someone that believes that there is no definite right and wrong. What is wrong for one, could be right for another.) The unbeliever likes to use this verse in the Bible:
Mark12.31 "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Why does the unbeliever like to use this verse? There is a fallacy in their argument, and they exploit that fallacy to the confusion of Christians. The fallacy of the unbeliever’s argument is that they are correct in that love is an absolute, but the unbeliever’s definition of love is not the Biblical definition of love. The unbeliever’s definition of love is tolerance…a tolerance that permits one’s own definition of right and wrong.
The answer to “what would Jesus do?” is a valid question to ask and the answer is in all the verses of the Bible not just one verse.
Jesus would approach every question by first recognizing God, and then with a loving attitude tell the unbeliever as well as the believer that there is absolute truth and everything is not tolerated by God. Sin is sin and love is understanding, but not tolerant of anything that God calls sin. Jesus would say and did say:
Luke13.3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
What did Jesus say to the sinner about their sin and His tolerance?
Matt11.24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”
God is the moral lawgiver and God gets to define sin. God also gets to define love.
Ps11.7 For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face. So what is a righteous deed? Rom1.17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Published on Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ 4:21 AM CDT