Unhinged “Christians”

Jesus said in Matthew 22 that everything hangs on these two commandments:

1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And …

2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

I often think of this as a door hanging on two hinges. If one hinge is broken, the door does not function as a door but rather as a barrier. Likewise, if someone is ignoring one or the other of these commands – even if they are hyper vigilant about the other – they are not functioning as a Christian. And they may, indeed, be functioning more as a barrier keeping others from moving towards the Gospel of Christ.

Brothers and sisters, please don’t come unhinged!