Are We Known by Our LOVE?

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I find myself in a weird space right now.

My heart is a little broken. My stomach has been doing that ugly twisting thing it does when life is upside down.

I love writing each month for The Internet Café but this month it feels painful. I thought I would just wait until after the election to tackle my November submission (knowing it would be a little late) but then the election happened… and I. have. No. words.

I have been in this weird space for a while.

First, this election cycle has been a special kind of BRUTAL.

So many lines have been drawn in the sand. Everyone is taking sides. If you are not on their side then you are obviously wrong.

Then, Jen Hatmaker’s interview with Jonathan Merritt hit the social media air waves and a special kind of hate rose up in people everywhere.

Then there was last Tuesday. Then Wednesday morning. Then every day since.

My social media newsfeeds have been filled with hate, judgment, fear, and my beautiful friends have aligned themselves with it fully.

This is not about your politics.

This is not about the way you feel about Jen & Brandon Hatmaker.

This is about YOUR response. This is about MY response.

This is about the body of Christ and how painfully divided it has become.

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

My heart aches for the people that are searching for God in this broken world. How will they find Him?

The body of Christ is so painfully divided right now.

People, the lost, are watching. They are taking in how we treat one another. Especially those we disagree with.

The lost should be able to look into the world and know who we are by our love. They should be able to see the fruit in our lives, people filled with love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, self-control.

Our fruit speaks.

It conveys a message to the lost saying, “Look, they have something different than what the world has to offer us.”

Sometimes I pull up my newsfeed and pretend that I am an unbeliever, lost, lonely, searching, searching for God but searching for people that can lead me toward God. The last couple months I have been saddened by this exercise. Good Christians have aligned themselves with fruit from another tree… judgment, hate, fear, knowledge (knowledge is not wisdom, knowledge is believing you know for certain, wisdom is God given and looks much different than intellectual knowledge).

What tree does your fruit come from? Is it the tree of life which bears beautiful fruit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, & self-control.

I don’t have the answers.

The world we live in is in a very strange space.

What I do know is simple. We are to LOVE.

Love God. Love people.

We should be responding to the circumstances of the world through that filter. What does love look like in this situation?

How can I respond in love? Sometimes the best response is not response at all.

My prayer is that we will rise up as the body of Christ and be known by our love. That we would lay down our clanging symbols  and that our love would be heard.

3 Comments

  1. SO GOOD. SO TRUE. This has been weighing heavily on my heart. Thank you for writing this. Please, God, help us to love.

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  2. I have no knowledge of the specific social media comments you mentioned. But I do know our country is under God’s providence and our elections fulfill His purposes. We can trust God. He is our hope.
    Daniel 5:21 (NIV)
    …the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.
    Romans 13:1 (NIV)
    …there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

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  3. I want to do a better job of loving others, but I also want to speak truth.

    I cannot stomach the news right now, have not watched much at all since the election.

    A society without God doesn’t look pretty, oh how we need Him!

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