“The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  That passage from Galatians 5:14 is familiar, and the same things is said throughout the Bible.  While difficult to do, it is easy to let that settle in, at least as a good idea, something to aspire to.  The next verse, however, came across as I read it today as a pretty stern warning, and certainly more unsettling: “If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”  Galatians 5:14-15

There it is – and who can argue with that?  All of the animosity, the bad blood, the “us and them” mentality that is so prevalent today makes me think of the line from one of Merle Haggard’s songs – “Are we rollin’ downhill like a snowball headed for hell?”

So what do we do?  Well, as crazy as it sounds, that answer is in the preceding verse: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

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