Today’s passage is one that we are probably all familiar with at some level. Luke 6:27-38 includes “The “Golden Rule,” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Jim Somerville, pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church, points out that this phrase existed in other texts before Jesus’ time and had probably been “domesticated” just as it is today. In today’s text, Jesus takes it further: “Love your enemies.” Somerville coins the phrase “radical compassionism” to describe this kind of love. It is what Jesus taught and lived every day of his life. Is it what we should live and do every day of ours?
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Amy Butler is the Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City and a popular preacher, speaker, and writer. Follow her on Twitter @PastorAmyTRC.
Michael Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (USA), the author of Crazy Christians, and now a regular feature at royal weddings and state funerals.
Brian McLaren is a speaker, an activist, and bestselling author of More Ready than you Realize, We Make the Road by Walking, and, most recently, The Great Spiritual Migration.
Will Willimon is a retired bishop in the United Methodist Church, a powerful preacher, and a prolific author. His most recent book is: Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism.