K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple …)

Today’s question comes from Stevie.  She wrote:  “Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” That is such a simple statement. How did it get so complicated?”

For once, I’ll keep it short:  “I don’t know”.  Your question is a wonderful invitation for us all to follow the old cliche K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid).  Let’s do our best to do just that – and get back to the basics of our faith 🙂

How about you?  What does Stevie’s question raise for you?

About Pastor Craig

I'm a 54-year-old who lives in Los Angeles, CA with his black Labrador Retriever named Max. I'm an ordained clergy person in the United Church of Christ. My passions include spirituality, politics, and sports (Go Houston teams, go!). I use my blog to start conversations rather than merely spout my perspectives and opinions. I hope you'll post a question, comment, or observation for me to respond - so we can get the conversation started!
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3 Responses to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple …)

  1. ybabb001 says:

    I believe it got complicated on two levels–the first being the clarification of whose God– because to many there is only one, and theirs is the right one– so, if you loving the “wrong” God, you most assuredly will not have everlasting life.
    Second is the plane of human nature . Genes, DNA and environment– there are givers and there are takers; there are leaders and followers; there are those who seek power and those who care not to– to some, loving thy neighbor as thyself is utterly impossible and goes against their make up– just my opinion–

    Other then that, I do not know–

  2. Beverly Marshall Saling says:

    Love is always complicated, in part because we expect it not to be. We want love to be a feeling that just flows through us and inspires us to do right by everyone. We want love to make us feel joyfully connected to others. Sometimes it does do that, but most of the time the loving thing to do isn’t necessarily the thing that makes us feel good. Having to push past our desire to *feel* love in order to figure out how we can most fully *enact* love makes it complicated.

  3. Stevie says:

    To me it just means that Jesus’s message was pure and simple. And that all of us…people of every faith or no faith are more alike than we are different.

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