Challenge to Love

The greatest complaint I hear from friends about Christianity is how judgmental the religion has become. I have seen multiple people walk away from their faith because of judgments laid upon them by people who they thought were their “brothers” and “sisters” in Christ. And honestly, I can’t blame them. Who wants to stick around people, a faith, where you are judged for your actions when those very same people have their own wrongdoings and failings? Jesus even taught us not to judge, for “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:4).

In the last post I posed a simple question, where is the LOVE? Now I ask how have we, a faith built on love, lost it? But then I start to think, have we really lost it or have we simply chosen to ignore it? Have we chosen to disregard the foundation of our faith?

The simple truth is God is Love:

1 John 4:16 “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”

And since the beginning of time God has given us this capability of love. He created us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). If this is the case aren’t we able to love, through God, in the same way He loves us? So maybe it isn’t even that we have chosen to forget this capability to love, maybe we are simply afraid of what will happen when we choose to love in the same way God loves us.

Paul E. Miller, author and executive director of seeJesus.net, once wrote, “We instinctively know that love leads to commitment, so we look away when we see a beggar. We might have to pay if we look too closely and care too deeply. Loving means losing control of our schedule, our money, and our time. When we love we cease to be the master and become a servant.”

There are stories of people choosing a life of love all around us, here’s one and I challenge you to find more:

Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (2004), is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which is an environmental NGO focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights. The organization began in 1976 when she introduced the idea of community-based tree planting as a plan to assist with poverty reduction and environmental conservation. The organization coordinates women in rural Kenya to plant trees, combat deforestation, restore their main source of fuel for cooking, generate income, and stop soil erosion.  She’s quoted as saying, “It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.”

What will your little thing be? What will it take you to love?

 

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