The Church is known for many things. One of the things it is not known for is love. Yet God’s love is what Christ personified and the writers of the New Testament emphasized over and over again.
Love God….love others
All men will know that you are my Disciples
if you love one another
…the greatest of these is love
love covers a multitude of sin
Over and over again love is stressed as the default mode of the Christian. It is what will set us apart from the world. It is a love we have for people that has no bounderies, no strings, no expectations. It is what will draw people to the church, not our fancy programs, lighting, stage presence or promotional materials. It is real, tangible love.
People in the world are looking for this love. There is no unconditional love in the world. There is no place a person can go and feel accepted and loved. There is no club, no group, no organization that does not place expectations on the individual in order to be accepted, to fit in.
The church is suppose to be this place. This is what should make the church stand out in the world. Not it’s moral stand, not the length of skirts, hair, lists of do’s and don’ts, not it’s judgemental attitudes. The church is suppose to be the vessel, the purveyor of God’s unconditional love in Christ.
Why is this so hard to understand…..why is it so elusive?
My heart breaks.