So many times we find a way to take the easy road out. It is easier to fight against something than to love someone. I am just as guilty as the next person. What do I mean? I mean sometimes we it’s easier to protest and petition than to take the time to love and care for those whom we are petitioning against.
Instead of trying to hold power over people by fighting against gay marriage, maybe we should come under and beside homosexuals and love and serve them. Show them their unmeasurable worth in God’s eyes. Allow God to transform hearts and minds. That’s what he does. Instead of telling homeless guys to “get a job” (or at least thinking it), maybe we should pull up a chair and spend time with them. We can find ways to get them work and a safe, warm and dry place to stay. Maybe even restore some dignity in the name of Jesus.
See, it is a lot easier to protest and petition than it is to love. It is alot cleaner. No one is saying we can’t believe in a cause or vote for what you believe, but have we tried to reach out to those people we rail so hard against? I know we say we love them and it isn’t about attacking them, but let’s put ourselves in their shoes. Jesus didn’t fight and protest against the tax collectors, prostitutes, outsiders and sinners. He embraced them. He served them. He showed them their unmeasurable worth. Do we look like Jesus?
Listen to what Dr. Greg Boyd has to say about the subject. “The distinctly kingdom question is not, how should we vote? The distinctly kingdom question is, How should we live? How can we individually and collectively come under women struggling with unwanted pregnancies and come under the unborn babies who are unwanted? How can we who are worse sinners than any woman with an unwanted pregnancy – and thus have no right to stand over them in judgement – sacrifice our time, energy, and resources to ascribe unsurpassable worth to them and their unborn children? How can we act in such a way that communicates our agreement with Jesus that these women and their unborn children are worth dying for? How can we individually and collectively sacrifice and serve women and their unwanted children so that it becomes feasible for the mother to go to full term? How can we individually and collectively bleed for pregnant women and for unborn babies in a way that maximizes life and minimizes violence?”
It makes our lives alot more messy. It isn’t so clean and neat. How can we apply those same thoughts and ideas to others in our culture lost and dying? How to love people in such a way that they can understand and see they are valued by God. How do we need to live our lives to make that possible? I am starting to get a true idea of what love is. If God is love and we are to be imitatators of God, then love looks like Calvary. No really. Calvary. Love is self-sacrificing and unselfish. It is humility, patient, kind, not envious, does not delight in evil but in truth, not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrong. Always protects. Always trusts, Always hopes. Always perseveres. Love never fails.
See, Love looks like Calvary.