“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
– Romans 12:10
The Aramaic Bible in plain English translation may say this best: “Be affectionate to your brethren and love one another; be preferring and honoring one another.”
The Apostle Paul’s message to us here is that, as Christians, we should hold a sincere love for our “brethren,” our fellow human beings. Our feelings towards others should be free from deceit. We must detest evil and show delight in everything that is loving and useful.
As Christians, we shouldn’t wait for others to make the first move. We should take the initiative in showing honor and respect for others.
Don’t let media manipulate you
Today’s verse reminds us how we should treat one another. Mainstream media promotes conflict and division for their own monetary gain. Politicians do the same to serve their own agenda. Entertainment media pushes our buttons as well. The Bible reminds us…
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves.”
– Philippians 2:3
Someone or some group is always trying to create division, whether it is by race, state, political beliefs, religious beliefs, age, social status… And the list goes on and on.
Bible verses about love
“A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another.”
– John 13:34
Treating your fellow human being with love is a common-sense moral idea that transcends any and all religions. It is simply something all human beings can agree is the right thing to do.
However, in our daily world, sometimes that idea is lost among a barrage of messages. That’s where Christianity and the teachings of Jesus come in to keep us focused on loving ideals in the many Bible verses about love.
New movie pits “blue state” elites vs. “red state…Deplorables”
A new movie slated to be released by Universal Pictures in September, titled “The Hunt,” is drawing a lot of controversy over its plot.
Originally called “Red State Vs. Blue State,” the film envisions a scenario where wealthy liberal elites from “blue states” sign up for stalking and hunting “deplorables” in red states for sport. “Deplorables” was the name given by Hillary Clinton to Trump supporters during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The film was created by Blumhouse Productions, the company that brought us “The Purge” franchise. Founder Jason Blum is a notorious Trump-hater, and was booed off stage at that 32nd Israeli Film Festival in Los Angeles last year after he blamed the president for the rise of anti-Semitism.
In the wake of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, ESPN pulled ads for the film from its network. However, AMC continued to run trailers for the film.
Is it really a big deal – or just a movie?
Many people argue, with any kind of artistic works, whether it is art, music, books or movies –the content of such works doesn’t make people do bad things.
This is true… Bad people do bad things. People are ultimately responsible for their own actions. God gives us all free will. How we deal with temptation is on us.
However, we might want to ask ourselves why we seek the kinds of entertainment we do?
What is entertaining about hunting down and shooting our fellow citizens because they have different beliefs?
It may feel cathartic for some people, but it is totally going against biblical principles of loving one another. God not only judges our actions – he judges our hearts and minds. Our thoughts are no less sinful than actions. (See what Jesus said in Matthew 5:28)
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
– Philippians 2:3
Vote with your dollar
“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,”
– Titus 2:7
If there is one thing that is true in everyday products, as well as, entertainment works such as music, books and movies – the ultimate arbitrator is money.
You don’t have to wait on politicians or other people in power to create change. You are holding the ultimate power for change in your own hands – the almighty dollar.
If we don’t spend our money on forms of entertainment or products that we don’t agree with – the people who make such things will change. They aren’t going to keep doing things that don’t earn the money.
The dollar goes where demand goes. Stop the demand and you stop the flow of money. Stop the money and the maker changes or goes out of business.