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What We Need Is God’s Love

1 John 4:7

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

Pic of Ray 11302014We’re living in a time – not unlike many times in our history – where love is very much needed. Yet we live in a time when love is the furthest thing from the minds and hearts of many. Actually – some are running away from God’s perfect love and running toward the devil’s hatred.

I am appalled by the happenings around our country – as many are – and for a variety of reasons I’m sure. Hatred is running rampant in so many of our communities. Anger is all around us. Peaceful and non-peaceful protests are on the news every night. Something needs to change in our country and now is the time for every good Christian man and woman to stand up and be counted.

It is above my pay grade to know all the answers for sure – so I will not try to decide right and wrong in each case placed before us in the news. I have tried to stay out of the fray when it comes to commenting on the situations the news has blasted all over our TV screens and the internet. Some of my friends and colleagues on social media and from pulpits have been very outspoken – and I respect their right to their opinions.

I am not in denial that evil is rearing its ugly head and needs to be addressed – but I also know that at times the media in our world is very selective in what it shares with us. It would be naïve to not acknowledge that certain stories sell! Evil is not confined to Ferguson – Cleveland – or New York City – nor is it confined to black on white or white on black stories. Evil is all around us. I would imagine that violence against police officers and violence by police officers is happening all around our country – each day – but certain stories sell – so they are highlighted. I imagine crimes by all races against their same race or against different races occur all the time – but certain stories sell.

I’m not writing today to increase or decrease our awareness about the significance of the stories in the news or even the stories that don’t make the news. I am appalled by some of them myself and grieve with those involved – even as I acknowledge that I do not have all of the answers in any of the cases before us. What I write about today is the need for love – even for the unlovable in our lives.

As Christians – justice is important. As Christians – the truth is important. As Christians – civil rights is important. As Christians – we should stand up and be counted in support of the underprivileged and the oppressed – for those who cannot speak for themselves. As Christians – we should look out for our fellow humanity – red – yellow – black – brown – white – and all shades in between. But – above all else – we must do it with love.

Today’s passage says – in part – 1 John 4:7 – Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

It would be foolish to think that race is not still an issue in America – because it is. It would be wrong to say that police officers are always within their rights to use excessive force – even deadly force. Some police officers need to be disciplined or even removed from the force for sure (this opinion was shared with me by a number of police officers I know). Some do a fantastic job in a field where many of us would never go. Many first responders run toward danger when the rest of us run from it. It would be wrong to lump all persons – whatever their skin color – into the same grouping. There are rotten eggs in every walk of life – and within every skin color.

I’m not suggesting that we give up on justice – helping the oppressed – and speaking out for those who cannot speak out for themselves (like millions of red – yellow – black – brown – and white babies who are being killed through abortion – where is that story in the news?). What I am saying is – we cannot do so from anger or hatred. We are opposed to hatred and evil – and the only thing that will defeat hatred and anger and prejudice and injustice – eternally – is love. Just my humble opinion.

1 John 4:8 – Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

December 5, 2014 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This post was very necessary! The love of Christ is definitely what the world needs! I’m also glad you mentioned abortion as it is a tragedy rarely on the news. As Christians we need to be reminded of this so thanks for the blog postings!


    Comment by Brooke | December 7, 2014 | Reply

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