We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
I John 4:19-20
I’m just returning from a week of vacation at the Jersey Shore. This was actually the first time I ever stayed at the Shore for more than a night or two. We had a great week!
As I was catching up on work emails and other news last night, I was surprised to see my news feed full of updates about what is going on in Charlottesville, VA. I don’t claim to be at all up to speed on what is going on there. In fact, I feel rather behind when it comes to knowing the details.
One thing I know for sure is that when I see signs promoting “white supremacy”, I know something is wrong.
What happened to the song we used to sing in Sunday School?
“Jesus loves the little children – all the children of the world – red and yellow, black and white – they are precious in his site…”
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Hate is alive and well in the world, and I hate this fact.
I have more questions than answers.
- How can we change the hearts of those who hold such hatred deep inside?
- What can I do to be part of the solution?
- When will this kind of hatred end?
- Where can I have the biggest impact on helping to encourage positive change and a move towards love?
- Why do people think this kind of behavior is appropriate?
God, again I ask You for a heart that breaks for the things that break Your heart. Give me wisdom in knowing how to share Your love. Help me to be a voice against evil. Thank You for loving me despite my shortcomings. Thank You for sending Your Son and for showing us how to love. I ask for peace and understanding in Charlottesville, and I ask for Your wisdom and love to fill the hearts of our leaders as they respond to the current situation. Amen
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
I John 4:10