Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
- Deuteronomy 6:4-9
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
- Luke 10:25-28
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
- C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
If Christianity is of infinite importance, why do most people who claim to be Christians never come to church?
If Christianity is of infinite importance, why do CEOs, in great numbers, only attend church on Christmas and Easter (Christmas, Easter Only – CEO, not Chief executive Officer, just in case you didn’t know)?
If Christianity is of infinite importance, why do most church goers (those that go quite often or even every Sunday) … Why do they only think of God for an hour each week? Okay, an hour each week and a blessing at all meals inside the home (definitely not in public).
If Christianity is of infinite importance, why do so few have daily prayer time, daily Bible study time, daily or even hourly (awake hours) time of walking with their Savior?
If Christianity is not of infinite importance to us, is the small, insignificant amount of time we spend worshiping God a total waste of time?
Looking at Deuteronomy 6, have we impressed God’s commandments on our children? Do we talk about God’s commandments when we sit at home, walk along the road, lie down, or get up? Are these commandments of God, or symbols of the same, on a bracelet that we always wear, tucked into the brim of our hat (being the Hat Rack, my personal favorite), or painted on our door frames (or door frames adorned with such – not counting Christmas decorations)?
The Scripture from Luke above is the preamble to the parable of the Good Samaritan with the following question regarding who our neighbor is. We gloss over the expert’s answer to Jesus so that we can get to the parable. In that rare moment when we go back to Deuteronomy to study further, we confirm that we should love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind (in other words – something of infinite importance), because this references Deut. 6:5, a tie between Old and New Testaments. Do we really read Deut. 6:5 in context? Do we do all those things Deut. 6:4-9 says to do? Any of them?
If Christianity is not of infinite importance, then who are we?
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.