When love is present there is hope.
When love is present there is unity.
As I stop and take in all that has happened in our country and in our world recently I am deeply saddened. As I read the responses on various social media platforms my heart breaks even more. I’m broken hearted by the state of our world, but even more so by the response of Christians.
The very last thing I want to do is add another opinion to the conversation. This is not a statement of political opinion, nor is it meant to elevate one group over another. This is simply my heart and conviction that I’ve been wrestling with for several days. I don’t have it all figured out, but I feel compelled to share where God is moving me.
The answer to all of this brokenness, bitterness and hate is simply Jesus.
Jesus is the only one who can truly bring healing, hope and unity. And as Christians it is our job to share him with the broken. And who is Jesus? Well scripture is pretty clear that He is love. What’s missing from all of this debate, ridicule and argument is love. A deep, penetrating love that Jesus first demonstrated.
Our response as believers should not be yelling about what’s right and wrong, sin and not sin, but it should be to love people deeply, just like Christ did.
God is love, Scripture is very clear about that. If we really believe that God is the only one who can heal our brokenness, then we need to be loving fiercely. Love should motivate everything we do. Anything else, any hatred or divisiveness is driven by the evil one. Every time we give into it, we’re letting him win.
It seems easier, more comfortable, to sit on the sidelines and voice our opinions about the sin of others. To sit around and talk about how everyone else is living wrong. But to truly love we have to get in the middle of the yuck and the heartache. If we are to mimic Christ, then we must love like he did. You see, Romans 5:8 tells us that God demonstrated his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
That “we” in the scripture above includes each one of us, you and me. He loved us by giving up his life. Think about that for a second…he gave up his life for me while I was deep in sin. He didn’t love us through hate or vindictiveness.
Fellow believers, let’s show our world this kind of love. Stop focusing on the sin and start focusing on the broken heart who desperately needs to know Jesus.
Friends, we should count it a great blessing to live at this moment in history. We have a unique opportunity to influence people for Christ, but we can’t do it without love. 1 Corinthians 13:2 says that without love we are nothing. We are living at such a significant time and God chose us to be alive for this exact moment.
How are you going to use your time and influence? When people 100 years from now study these events, what response will they see from Christians?
Right now our world is full of hate and heartache. But when love rushes in it can become one of hope, peace and light. This is a call to live as Christ would. Love deeply and humbly. That’s when we’ll see our world change.
“If you want to change someone hurt them deeply or love them profoundly” – Andy Stanley