Christian Narrative Vs. Cultural Narrative Within The United States

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"Hidden in plain sight in hundreds of judicial opinions is an extraordinary principle-love your neighbor as yourself. At first blush the idea of its application to our legal relations seems odd: This is a matter of morality, not legality. But the biblical command to love neighbor as self has exerted an important influence upon the decisions of American courts. While more frequently excluded from application, the love command has found expression in a wide range of cases. From criminal to civil procedure, from torts to con tracts, from employment to family disputes, neighbor-love has been a vital part of American jurisprudence."(Greenlee) This is a flawless case of the Christian narrative versus the cultural narrative within the United States. Those in the Christian narrative follow the standard of loving your neighbor as yourself, but your neighbor is every person, even a man like Matthew Poncelet in Dead Man Walking. This is where the character, Sister Helen Prejean, fights with following the principle of love how a Christian should against how culture says a Christian ought to follow it. This command of love initially appears in the book of Leviticus: "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself." It was addressed to the covenant community of the ancient Israel and was said to not apply to those outside their covenant community, so then they were not considered neighbors. This passage is quoted later when Jesus has a

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