They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love [updated]
Not by the way we judge and condemn others, but by the way we love.
We are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
We are to treat others the way we wish to be treated.
We are not to judge others, because when we do we will be judged the same way in return.
We are to feed the hungry.
Give drink to the thirsty.
Tend to the sick.
Shelter the poor.
Comfort the dying.
Visit those in prison.
We are to go the extra mile.*
We are to turn the other cheek.
We are not to return evil for evil.
We are to forgive seventy times seven.
We are not to put stumbling blocks before others.
If God never mentioned it, and if Jesus never mentioned it, and if Christ's death fulfilled the Old Testament covenant** and brought an end to Moses' holiness laws***, then maybe we shouldn't get our knickers in a twist over it, either.
* Which in Jesus' era literally meant carrying the armor of an oppressive pagan enemy twice as far as they demanded.
** Which, contrary to human misunderstanding, if not a set of orders issued unilaterally from above with a threat of punishment if they aren’t obey, but a mutually consented agreement: If you want Me to be your God, you need to do the following…
*** As God told Peter in the dream about the clean and unclean animals.