I have been thinking about another way to look at the “least.” I’m sure when Jesus referred to the least, he meant the lowest in society. The poor. The criminal. The social outcast. But could we not also think of them as those we have the least in common. When we combine this, with Jesus’ command to love our enemies, we can come to a bewildering array of conclusions.
It is easy to see how the better-off should love the poor. But Jesus’ commands are for everyone. So, the poor should love the rich.
Everywhere there is a broken relationship, no relationship, or enmity, the family of Jesus should fill that space with love. In both directions.
- Whites and blacks.
- Democrats and Republicans. (Conservatives and progressives.)
- Christians and Muslims. (ISIS?)
- Christians and gays.
- The Police and the black community.
If we have given our allegiance to Jesus, and are members of his family, we have chosen to follow him. We have not only chose to obey him, and his commands, but we have, at some time, decided that his commands express a perfect expression of his design for mankind.
God’s first and foremost intention is for people to live in love. And love covers and encircles every single person: friend, foe, stanger, foreigner, amd across every possible way to divide people.