“Love: Our Universal Truth”
If Love is our universal truth, then why is it so hard?
We keep each other far away as if to stand on guard.
But Love calls us to open up if we long to be set free.
And, in this way we share a Love that connects eternally.
I wrote these above words a few days ago because I believe Love and kindness is the key to everything. Love saves whereas hate destroys.
Yet, we live in a word so often characterized by hate. Even worse, just as we sometimes see, hate can be a great unifier for people. It can be a unifier that is, until it destroys and, make no mistake, it does destroy. Hate always needs something to consume.
Sure, it will destroy your identified target at first. Only, it doesn’t stop there. Hate is a scourge. It destroys everything. Eventually, it will even destroy itself.
Those, united by hate, will hate each other when nobody else is left.
Love on the other hand is different. Love saves. Love provides life. As a Christian specifically, and as a person of faith more broadly, I believe in this message.
This is what I find so troubling about people who use religion as an instrument of hate.
Since I’m a Jesus follower, I will speak directly to those who claim my faith tradition. It may be a universal truth, but I have a special responsibility to speak to my people. It’s also what I see most often in the world directly outside my font door.
If your use faith as a tool for hate, you are doing it wrong.
Put another way, you can’t rightfully claim to be a Christian while also supporting people and systems of hate and exclusion without being wrong.
As I wrote on social media,
“It would be nice if power hungry, exclusionist, patriarchal, lock up children, people of color, the disabled, and others Christians gave more consideration to the upside down and interdependent nature of the biblical narrative instead of using it as a tool for hate.” (1Corinthians 12:21-27, Matthew 5:1-12)
Love seeks justice.
Love always expands to include people on the margins.
Love takes the force of power and hate and turns it upside down. That’s the message of Jesus.
Furthermore, yes, Love will win but we also are charged with living it into our world today. (1 Corinthians 13, Luke 10:25-37)
Maybe you still want to hate and exclude but, you can’t claim to be a Christian while doing it.