Love is more attractive than hate. Oh, you don’t hate, you say. I know. But what you do in judgment or correction or holding to your principles feels, on the receiving end, the same as hate. As Zig Ziglar wonderfully said, “Some people find fault like there’s a reward for it.” Yeah, and sadly, that’s what Christians have come to be known for.
Love is easy to see. Read this note from a mom to her gay son for a very clear picture. Read also a few of the thousands of responses too. It shows that people respond well to love, too, just as God predicted.
“Yes, I know Christians have done a horrible job of loving gays, but…” I’ve heard countless times, followed by, “but we have to speak the truth,” “but it’s a sin,” “but blah blah blah,” I want to make this very easy for you: drop the “but.” Just let go of your need to put it in there. It doesn’t matter.
Is God still God? (Clue.) Is He able to tell someone about an issue He has without us speaking for Him? (Clue.) Are we absolutely certain there is no possibility that we have overlooked or misunderstood something? (Clue.)
Oh yes, and God is love.
People want to be loved — we are told to love. A perfect match! The real danger here is damaging the very real message of love by turning it into something it was never meant to be. That’s the worst outcome of all.
Please. Join me in loving. Better yet, join Christ in loving.