A lot has been said on the topic of love. Everything from deep philosophical discussions and Bible-based teaching to silly love songs on pop radio.

If you are a Christian, you will exude love. Not the mushy kind that comes from hormonal attacks. Not the kind that makes you want to marry someone. Love in this context is a choice (arguably real love always a choice) to care about others even when they are despicable, depraved cretins. Ok, that’s hyperbole. We should, however, care about other people as Christians.

We aren’t called as Christians to love others because God wanted to torture us and make our lives miserable. As Christians, we should have God’s love showing through us. If as a Christian we start getting selective about who deserves what, before you know it you end up with nuts holding “God Hates Fags” signs in the name of God. The Bible doesn’t qualify who should be loved. The Bible says to love your neighbor as yourself, not “love your neighbor as long as they tow the line.”

Not to mention, you probably aren’t as loveable as you think you are. Don’t throw rocks unless you’re perfect.

God does love everyone. His love is unfailing (not to be mistaken with unconditional). Anyone that accepts that love is good to go. Those that reject it go to hell, which is why his love is not unconditional. The condition is pretty basic though. Imagine a family member who is a complete and utter jerkface 100% of the time. You reach out to them, try to care about them, and never stop offering relationship to them. But they reject your care, spit on it, and just want you to leave them alone. Ultimately the choice is taken out of your hands. The same thing is true for God… he is always there offering His love, but he can’t force it on us. Unfailing. Not unconditional.

The fact is, there are absolutes. If you’re a Christian, this is an unavoidable truth. The challenge we have is stopping ourselves from having a human reaction to this. The human reaction is to judge people, look down on people, and categorize people by our human understanding of these God-created constructs. For example, why has homosexuality become public enemy number one among Christians? Firstly, God doesn’t differentiate between sins. If you’re a glutton, you’re just as guilty of being a sinner as a murderer. So honestly, shut your piehole. Christians latch on to things that are easy to see… things that seem blatant. But we forget that all of us are in the same boat.

Rejecting sin is the first step in accepting God’s love. Acceptance of people and acceptance of sin are two completely different things. So stop treating them like they’re connected.

  1 comment for “Love

  1. Livieloo
    October 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for not calling it “unconditional love”. That’s one of my biggest pet peeves about some of the “Christian” teachings out there today.
    And I think there are times you walk away from evil family members in order to preserve your life. But that’s another post for another day.

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