By Tera Ertz
This need for Biblical love in our discourse has been lost too often in our society, perhaps nowhere more clearly than in our political debates. The people of this nation tend to speak as though they have some authority beyond that of other men. They spout their proclamations and condemnations, and then stand about criticizing any and all who dare to question or disagree with their pronouncements.
We have all been guilty of this tendency, Christian or non-Christian, conservative or liberal. If we honestly search our hearts each one of us will find a moment in our memory when we had done lots of reading, looked into all the research, come to our conclusions, and pronounced ourselves as the sole arbiters of the proper course of action. We then proceeded to trash anyone who questioned our logic, brought up other possibly relevant sources or just generally decided to be disagreeable. Now, in that memory there might have been reasons for our uncompromising, and eventually belligerent response. The other sources may have been biased, our logic might have been sound, or perhaps the other guy started being disagreeable first. But does that justify our bad, unloving behavior? More importantly, did our bad, unloving behavior stop the truth from being heard?
We have all lost our tempers, responded in spite, and been frustrated by those who refuse to see reason. Its human nature, everyone does it sometimes, right? As Christians, the Bible tells us that we should not behave the same as everyone, that Christ’s salvation has borne in us a new nature, a godly nature, a nature that holds love as the highest commandment. It also tells us that should we fail to speak in love, no matter how right we may be, we will only be noise that cannot be heard or understood.
Father, forgive us for allowing ourselves to become just part of the noise in our frustration with the world. We know that the things of the world will soon pass away, we know that you have called us to be a living sacrifice of love so others can come to know Your Son. We know that sometimes we fail. But, we also know that You are love embodied, and that if we seek Your forgiveness for our failures, and seek to do Your will, You will fill us with Your Spirit to help us be what You have called us to be. Today Lord, we ask You for Your Spirit, make us Your light in all that we do. In Jesus Name, Amen.