Jesus, the Messiah, once commented about the greatest commandment:
” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
With this in mind, we at CRN.Info seek first to love God in the following manner:
1. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command,” and so it is that first we seek to obey his commands and to teach others to do so. With many commands, this instruction on obedience is very clear, and so it is that we instruct others to follow in this clear teaching.
2. In many situations, we must make decisions based on scripture in which there are conflicting concepts at work, or unclear guidance – particularly when weighing literal meaning (ex. “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair…”) and underlying meaning (”Women should dress modestly, not in the manner of prostitutes”). In these situations, it is necessary to take the advice of Jude 3 and contend (”To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle”) for the faith and search for the appropriate meaning and application of scripture to these situations.
3. Jesus said that we are to worship God and serve Him only. As such, we believe it is also important that we see worship in all that we do in service to Him – not just confined to a short period of time one day per week. In this vein, we see that it is important that we give specific devotions and worship to Him in our writing, and that all of our writing would honor Him, even when it is not “devotional” in nature.
With the second greatest command, “love your neighbor as yourself”. In seeking a definition of love, we view Paul’s writing to the Corinthians:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Also, we see guidance in our loving treatment of brothers in Christ in Paul’s letter to the Galatians:
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.
Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
1. Jesus said that we are to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” We believe this is best accomplished by individual believers and the local church ‘living the gospel’ and sharing it in relationships with others. As such, we believe that the medium of the internet is not best suited to this purpose, but rather to use scripture and the talents granted to us by God to equip Christians for ‘living the gospel’. Therefore, this site’s primary audience is a Christian one, in which we can offer encouragement and new ideas to individuals and churches seeking to evangelize, rather than being a principal tool of evangelism.
2. Jesus also taught us, through the thread of all scripture, to care for “the least of these” – the sick, the poor, the hungry, the prisoner, the widow, the orphan, the stranger among us – and that when we do so, we are doing it for him, as well. However, our words cannot fill stomachs. Our sentences cannot heal the sick. Our graphics cannot bring the poor out of poverty. Again, as with evangelism, we can, through God’s help, equip individual believers to care for the ‘least of these’ and encourage all of us to be more “missional” in our outlook to the world around us.
3. For all of its advances, the internet has enabled the spirits of gossip, slander, deception and divisiveness to enter the sheepfold under the guise of “discernment”, attacking those whom are already saved in a dying world. This spirit of “discernment” elevates personal piety to new heights while completely missing the greater gifts of justice, mercy and faithfulness. This “discernment” is of the same spirit of the Pharisees of old to whom Jesus spoke:
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
This “discernment” is of the same spirit which sought to slam the doors to the kingdom of God in the faces of those who sought to enter it, while denying that this kingdom even has begun its existence here on earth. This “discernment” spirit has sought to disrespect, disavow, discourage and disenfranchise individuals and entire groups of brothers and sisters in Christ as part of its elevation of external preferences and its adherence to systematic doctrines of men. With the tool of the internet, this spirit of “discernment” has pulled together its aberrant views and narrow, twisted “theology” has sought to do harm to the bride of Christ. And so, it is with this tool, the internet, that we believe that God has given us the time, the tools and the talents to battle this spirit within this present darkness. It is with this tool that we believe God has empowered us to focus on the lowliest of the tasks listed here.