FOR THE RECORD
In my part of the world, a.k.a. northern Nova Scotia, a "independent fundamentalist Baptist church" (which has no affiliation with the official Baptist Churches of Atlantic Canada) held a week of faith meetings -- which resulted in a COVID-19 outbreak in our area.
I'm about to publish a book that says over and over: "The world needs more Jesus."
Because the world needs more peace, more hope, more love.
That was Jesus' message: love. Speak love. Show love. Be love.
Where love is kindness, justice, and HUMILITY.
Also: compassion, fairness, inclusion, hospitality.
In fact, his message was -- and obviously continues to be -- radical: love your neighbour
where love is
kindness, justice and humility
compassion, fairness and service to others
inclusion and hospitality
acceptance and understanding
Jesus did not want anyone to suffer. In particular, he wanted to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable. He wanted to create a world that would honour and support those who are elderly, disabled, young, poor.
Love your neighbour.
Take care of each other.
Do the right thing.
My husband's mother AND aunt live at the nursing home in northern Nova Scotia where three residents have died because a group of so-called Christians made plans. A third person living in a group home died because of their plans. These so-called Christians sacrificed the lives of others because their faith in their warped sense of righteousness and entitlement is greater than the teachings of Jesus -- someone who sacrificed his own life for what he believed.
Love is not arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist on its own way.
Love does not brag.
Love does not celebrate the wrong choice.
Love is patient and kind.
Love is humble.
Love celebrates the truth.
Love is radical.
The world doesn't need more so-called Christians
but it certainly needs more Jesus.