Love and Order


What if we stood for both justice and compassion?

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” by clicking HERE)


Mark 7:8-9

“You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” Jesus went on to say, “How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition!”


Jesus was quite at home with all people including the people thrown-out by their own religion as well as a wide variety of “sinners.”

The only people Jesus consistently and sharply criticized were the Pharisees…the religious leaders.

They were always holding people to the letter of the law no matter what the circumstances.

They used the law like a sledge hammer.

Rules are good and necessary to give us some guidance and structure.

But don’t forget that Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love God with all your heart, soul and mind…and then to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:38-39).

These come first.

The law must be tempered by love.

Most nations (and many people it seems) operate from a dualistic “either- or” consciousness…unable to move to the non-dualistic “both – and” consciousness.

Rules and guidelines can lead to a beautiful, life-giving tradition…if Love is the foundation.

If law is the foundation…the tradition will be cold and dead.

May love be the filter through which you look, think and act.


Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” by clicking HERE.

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

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Remember…God loves you!


About billtonnis

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