In Times Like These – Love!
Seriously, I wonder how Jesus Christ would have felt and reacted if He lived in these times. One may argue that some of the things happening now were happening even then. True! There is so much hatred in the air fueling killings, hate speech and the likes. It is as if the gates of hell are thrown wide open, spewing out terrible demons of hate, with those of racism, tribalism and every form of corruption in tow. And death is marketed subtly as the answer to many uncomfortable conditions people find themselves. So many have become deadened to what is right, such that they have become poster children for the demented works of darkness. Those that should know better because of their encounter with Christ have allowed the glittering lights of the treasures of the world to hoodwink their hearts and minds. Jesus Christ told His disciples (us inclusive), to follow His example in living, and if need be, in dying also. He said: “As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love…This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:9-10,12).
The command we were given is to love God, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves. However, over the ages, that command had become ‘Love yourself, then love those that look or behave like you’. And of course, the new teaching now is one cannot really love another if they don’t first love themselves! Such teachings have successfully turned the people from being lovers of God to lovers of self. These forgot: “For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God’s law, for it is unable to do so. Those whose lives are in the flesh are unable to please God” (Romans 8:7-8). Beloved, if God was all about ‘self love’ and ‘love only those that look or behave like us’, we would not have read about the accounts of Cornelius, the Ethiopian Eunuch or about Simeon Niger in the Acts of the Apostles. These men were of different class and race. When the love of God in us does not see beyond the color of a person’s skin, tribe, ethnicity, class or creed, then something is seriously wrong with our belief system, and we are in danger of the fires of hell: “We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. The one who does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him” (1John 3:14-15).
Sadly, so many that claim to be sons of God are drinking from the pool of hypocrisy flowing from hell! We cannot claim to follow a God that is LOVE while our congregations and home cells are segregated based on the color of our skins, ethnicity and class. This hatred is not innate, but is learned. Meaning it was built into the foundation of our beliefs by people! No wonder racism and tribalism is running amok in our nations and the leaders in Christ are powerless as to what to do: “When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do” (Psalm 11:3)?
Beloved, it is high time we take apart the foundations of such false beliefs and return to the True Foundation which is CHRIST, our First Love: “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1John 4:7-8). Love is able to unite us, and when united, we will know what to do to take down the powers and agents of darkness running amok on our lands! As sons of God, we are the light that this terrible dark world sorely needs and yearns for. Stop making decisions based on the tribe, ethnicity, race, creed or class of the person standing in front of you. Rather let your decisions be based on the Word of God, and as led by the Spirit of God! May the Lord help us to realize this and make amends accordingly in Jesus Christ name. God bless you.