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Unless you hate…
May 11, 2019

Unless you hate…

What do we do when Jesus says stuff like this: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, they cannot be my disciple."


In Luke 14:25-33, Jesus says something terribly unexpected. Unless you hate your family and even your own life, you cannot be His disciples. What do we do with that? Don't the 10 Commandments tell us to honor our mothers and fathers? So is Jesus giving us a pass on the 5th Commandment? And what about elsewhere when Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves? Is loving our neighbors somehow different from loving our families? What do we do when Jesus says one thing that seems to contradict, like, the whole rest of the Bible? As much as we'd like to sweep this under the rug and pretend like He didn't say it He did and that means, we've got to do something with it. For many people, this verse either gets ignored (maybe Jesus was just having a bad day) or discarded and trashed as uninspired (some scribe must have messed up somewhere) but we reject both of those options. We believe Jesus said it and we believe he meant it and that means we have to do the hard work of trying to understand what He meant, what his audience heard, and what that means for us today. We're glad you're here to help us process this and we hope that what you hear today will encourage, equip and empower you to better live for the glory of God and the sake of the world.