In a world that struggles to define words like:
Is it any wonder that Jesus said the greatest of these is LOVE?
Surely, on this we can all agree, what the world needs now is love sweet love.
No, I’m not a hippie, liberal, tree hugging, right wing, gun slinging, pacifist, conservative, vegan, religious zealot.
Does the description above confuse you? It should.
I’m embarrassed by all the name calling, back biting, trash talking, venom spewing rhetoric that has become the norm.
Last time I checked, none of these strategies worked at changing anyone’s perspective on anything. But I have seen love work.
Nothing would make me happier than for us to lose all the labels and start loving.
Jesus said we should love our enemies. One thing is for sure, there appears to be no shortage on those.
So, what do you say we straighten our backs, hold to our standards, lean into our faith and find someone we hate and give them a big bear hug?
Regardless of whether they wear a cowboy hat or a turban, crossdress or dress like the 80’s, wave a rebel flag or rainbow banner, drink from a plastic bottle or straight from the stream, like meat or crave vegetables, vote republican or don’t vote at all, come on, I dare you to not compromise your beliefs but open your arms, find someone not like you, someone you disagree with and love them to pieces rather than pick them apart.
What? Am I crazy? Yeah, I know, they hung a guy on a cross for this kind of revolutionary thinking years ago.
Rumor has it He wins in the end though. I’m sticking with Him and counting on Him to bring about the change in the people I disagree with, hate and yes, love.
Am I suggesting live and let live? Look the other way or a revolution of apathy? No! I simply believe love is our only responsibility. Love is to be our only response.
By all means, stand up for what you believe. Make your point and fight for the forgotten and underserved. But in so doing, do so with love. Otherwise you are boxing with the wind. You will throw a lot of punches and not one will connect. You will burn a lot of energy and get no where.
Go for it. Reach out and LOVE somebody today. Hate is easy. Loving the unloving is hard.
What are you made of? Are you full of love or full of hate?
Now, come here and let me give you a big hug! SMOOCH!
(The link to the song below by Dionne Warwick and 1 Corinthians 13 are great reminders to be a revolutionary warrior of love)