Several weeks ago I was in the car and heard the song “Where is the Love?” by The Black Eyed Peas. The song came out in 2003, and I hadn’t heard the song in several years. I became focused on the chorus of the song:
“People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek
Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love”
In a world where news travels extremely fast, most of what we hear about are various shootings, protests, and fights breaking out between political parties, religious organizations, and ethnic groups. The question simply is where is the LOVE? Just pull up CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post, and any other news source and all you see are headlines filled with death, violence, and damage. Where is the LOVE?
As a Christian in a modern world, I question how I can show love in a world that is so hurt and so broken. I watch many fellow Christians proclaim their faith and their hatred towards others at the same time day after day. And I sit back and think, no wonder so many people have turned away from the Church; no wonder people think we’re all just a bunch of hypocrites. For goodness sake, we can’t even get along with each other, let alone those around us. Where is the LOVE?
We are a broken people who are constantly seeking beyond ourselves for healing, help, and LOVE. Where is the LOVE? It’s right in front of us if we would only open our eyes, our hearts to the love that is pouring down on us daily. For God is Love (1 John 4:16) and all He wants to do is love us, for us to return that love, and for us to share that love (Matthew 22:37-40).
Author Mike Mason once wrote, “Love being the most potent of forces, it is hardly surprising that the most overwhelming experiences of life should be those of being in love – first with God and then with another human being…Love is the greatest of teachers, for there is no authority more compelling, no power more hypnotically transfixing, no counsel more wise, no message we are more longing to hear, no other master for whom it is easier to give up absolutely everything in order to follow and obey.”
If we want to fix the brokenness of the world, we must first learn to fix the brokenness within. We must find where that love is. We must find GOD.