Christianity 101

Jesus mandates compassion.

(Listen to my song “Radically Okay” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Mark 2:23-24

As he was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”


This is another example of Jesus seeing with a “non-dual” mind.

It’s not either-or for Jesus…but both-and.

He can both follow laws and break them when compassion calls for it.

He doesn’t see answers to complex issues in black-and-white.

His disciples picking grains on the Sabbath broke the law that prohibits anyone from working on that day.

But Jesus told the Pharisees that his followers were hungry.

A compassionate response to a human need always overruled the rules for Jesus.

We should take note…especially in our response to the current crisis of migrants seeking asylum and the undocumented people who have come to this country out of desperation.

Complex issues involving human suffering and dignity call for outside-the-box, compassionate responses…at least if you’re going to be followers of Jesus.


Listen to the song of the day “Radically Okay” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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