I haven’t been able to write for way too long, as I have been busy with a move, and currently, my internet at home isn’t working. Needless to say, I have been doing a lot more reading... (which is definitely a good thing).
As I have been doing my reading, I came upon an assigned book written by Fuller’s Christian Ethics professor – Glen Stassen. It’s called, “Living the Sermon on the Mount”. The book overall isn't something to rave about, but the overall idea is pretty fascinating. The theory is that the “sermon on the mount” is not only for Christians, but for everyone. Stassen turns Martin Luther King’s view on the church and state upside-down, as he expresses his view that the church should not be the sole responsibility for helping the poor, and living an honest life, because God has created all people in His image (whether they believe in Him or not), and so all should feel a responsibility towards the morals that Jesus gives in His "sermon". This, in turn, would make it a priority for the Christian to fight for human rights (and other things), within the political arena.
My professor is passionate about our country providing healthcare for everyone, and treating illegal immigrants with love and dignity; he is a great man.
Though this blog entry is not supposed to be focused on universal healthcare (that will come later…), I would like you take this issue into consideration as you think about this “sermon on the mount” theory.
Does it seem to make sense for everyone to be under this “rule”? And if everyone obeyed what Jesus had to say on the mount, would the world be a better place?