We all know what’s happening in our world, in this country. It’s not new. It’s just amped up to eleven on the ten-point scale and it’s louder than normal and it’s all around us all the time. There is division and strife and conflict. You can’t get away from it. Black and white, left and right, Republican and Democrat, liberal and conservative — it’s splashed across every screen and blaring from every set of speakers. You can’t eat a Twix bar without being forced to choose left or right. And you can’t turn on a football game on Sunday afternoon to escape from it.
And we’re all experiencing this together — all of God’s children, all of Christ’s disciples, all asking the same questions.
How do we handle this? What are we supposed to do? How do Christians engage this volatile culture? What do we say? How do we act?
I think most of us wish there was a third option, a different way, a way to be above all the conflict but still engage what’s happening in ways that matter.
May I suggest love?
Completely love. Love completely. Sharing the immeasurable love of God with others lifts us above the strife.
The world is squeezing us to make a choice between two options and we get in trouble when we don’t recognize that third way, that third and very different option that takes us high above anything else being offered: Love. Committing to love as our guiding principle, as our continuous posture, actually fulfills or completes God’s purposes for the love he’s lavished on us.
The Bible says we love because he first loved us. We love completely because we are so completely loved.