March 20, 2023

Subjects and Ruling Class

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“Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.” – John 15:13

There is no shorter of stories of people laying down their own lives for that of a friend…..or even a stranger. We hear of people, driven by what, I’m not sure, reentering a burning building they just escaped from only to realize their friend was still in there.

I have close friends, where one man, a husband, a brother, a father, grandfather, a father-in-law, a friend, escaped a burning plane that had crashed shortly after take off. Realizing his son-in-law was still in the burning plane, he returned to save him. He did not return. Greater love hath no man!

To most of us, this seems hard to do but in the moment, in honesty, we don’t know what we would do. Often, what we do in the heat of the moment, defines us as individuals. Rationalizing the moment, who could reenter a burning plane? Greater love hath no man!

The antithesis of this makes us ask, what kind of love hath a man that a member of the ruling class can sit idle for 7 hours while “friends” die; doing nothing? If there is no greater love that exists, according to Jesus Christ, than the love in a man’s heart to give up his own life for that of another, then what is there present when a person does nothing?

Where is God’s love?