Was I the only one that grew up believing that the world was going to end and the Russians were the anti-Christ and one day there would be battle in the middle east at a place that used to be called Armaggedon and they would kill us all? Is it just me or is strange to anyone else that the last country to be involved in major wars in that region is the good old USA? Could it be, as the great philosopher Pogo has said, "We have met the enemy...and he is us"?
We seem so very good at finding an enemy, some person or group to scapegoat or blame for the downfall of society. In just my fairly brief 44 year lifetime it has been:
- The Commies
- The Hippies
- The Blacks
- The Muslims
- The Gays
I've harped on this before. I'll probably harp on it a lot more in the days and weeks and years to come. It's important to me that the church "gets it" and someone has to keep being that voice crying in the wilderness calling us back to the core. To LOVE.
Love - what disciples are supposed to be known by
Love - what we are to do to our enemies
Love - what we are supposed to have for our neighbors
Love - what we are supposed to give to one another
How much clearer can it be?
Now there remain three things: Faith, Hope and Love but the greatest of these is LOVE.