1 Corinthians 13:1 Civil Sinners
A does not have to be a Christian to be a humanitarian; as a matter of fact, many are not followers of Christ. Surely the Prince of Peace Jesus would want His followers to be humanitarian, but sadly too many are not. A humanitarian is someone who promotes the welfare of others and social reform. A philanthropist is a technical word for it because they practice philanthropy. Philanthropy is a Greek word meaning loving people, which the Holy Bible causes one of God’s greatest commandments. So, God and humanity call loving each other a peculiar characteristic. As I said, many great humanitarians were not and still are not Christians. Oskar Schindler was a Nazi whose heart changed, and he saved thousands of Jews, and he was not a Christian, and to Americans, Oskar was a war criminal. Dr. Martin Luther King. The non-Christian Mahatma Gandhi inspired Him to start his civil rights movement. His humanitarian campaign was not to treat evil with evil. Even if he was not a Christian, Gandhi practiced the words he read in the sermon on the mount scriptures. Gandhi experience lots of racial injustices. When he was hit out of violence, he would take the assault and not retaliate whatsoever. The words of Christ moved Gandhi from the sermon on the mount scriptures. Ghandhi has also moved away from Christ because of the treatment he receives from Christians. Mother Teresa said, “If Gandhi had received Christ-like love, Christians, India would be a Christian nation.” You and I, brothers and sisters, need to learn from the humanitarian how to be loving to others. The religion of Christianity would be a more significant movement if Christians were more humane to each other and judged each other less. Christianity will be a more considerable movement if they care about other humans and less about their income and jobs. I have met so many other Christians that let their jobs determine how and when they do the Lord’s work or when they will practice civil love. Christian words and Christian actions have no meaning without the love of Christ in our hearts and our movement. God bless you all, the Prince of Peace Jesus, and I love you: His humble bondservant, Samuel Jerry Head.
“I must say to you, as I said to the church at Corinth, that I still believe that love is the most durable power in all the world.~So American Christians, you may master the intricacies of the English language. You may possess all of the eloquence of articulate speech. But even if you speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not love, you are become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.~You may have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries. You may be able to break into the storehouse of nature and bring out many insights that men never dreamed were there. You may ascend to the heights of academic achievement so that you will have all knowledge. You may boast of your great institutions of learning and the boundless extent of your degrees. But all of this amounts to absolutely nothing devoid of love.” Parts of Dr King’s sermon, Paul Letter to the American Christians.
Luke 6:32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Galatians 5:12 I wish that those who are troubling you would even emasculate themselves. 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.