Love is difficult. Unconditional love is very difficult. An unconditional love that forgives no matter what we get in return. An unconditional love that shows remorse whether we agree with the decisions that others make. An unconditional love that I think can only be shown and experienced by and thru the grace of Jesus. We live in a world where we are surrounded by hate. I believe that is easy to hate, just as easy to show hate as it is difficult for us to show love. As followers of Christ we are called to love each and every person, even those that show hate toward us.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18
We can no longer afford to hide behind secular symbols when we are called to hold a blood stain cross, a cross of unconditional love. If this means that we no longer fly a symbol of hate, the confederate flag, then we as Christians must be the example and show love. An unconditional love for all. An unconditional love that says I may not understand everything the flag represents for you but I want to show you that Jesus cares about you and loves you so instead of holding a flag up as a symbol of heritage for my forefathers I will hold up cross. A cross stained with the blood of Savior who died so that we can all know Him.
We can no longer afford to look at acts of hate committed against the homosexual community thru the eyes of justice. Hate is wrong. We are called as followers of Jesus to love unconditionally and that means all people. Is homosexuality a sin, yes. But we have no right to make one sin greater than any other sin. Gluttony is a sin and we don’t exclude people because of it. The tragedy in Orlando is just that, a tragedy. It breaks my heart to say this but I have heard Christians actually say that well those people in that night club got what they deserved. No one got what they deserved you see because we all deserve hell but by the grace of God we are all forgiven. We need to love everyone and that includes the homosexual. We need to show them our love and hold up our cross as an example of love. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people know what we stood for; love, mercy, grace, and Jesus before they knew what we were against?
We can no longer afford to see every muslim as a terrorist. Yes, I know that this can be hard, and it may seem impossible. But thru the unconditional love that we have experienced as followers of Jesus we need to get to the place where we show love and mercy to everyone that we come in contact with. Hate towards the muslim does not bring them to Jesus but love can and will. A love that is honest and says, “Yes, sometimes I’m afraid because the acts of a few but I choose to love because Christ first loved me.”
We live in what I consider to be the greatest country in the world. And at this time it is currently the third largest mission field in the world, only behind India and China. We can no longer afford as Christ followers to hunker down in our Christian bunkers and only be willing to take those who want to hunker down with us to heaven. The gospel that changed my life is the gospel of love and I want to show it and share it with everyone. These issues are not easy issues but we can’t be silent. Silence is not the answer. God has really been working on me and thru this journey he has brought me to the place where we need to see everyone as sinner in need of a Savior. We can only do this thru unconditional love. One at a time we can show people what we for. We are for grace. We are for mercy. We are for forgiveness. We are for love. And we are for everyone having an opportunity to accept or reject the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ. The creator of unconditional love.