God's Love and Ours
7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone
who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not
know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He
sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one
another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us
and his love is made complete in us.
13We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, "I love God,"
yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother,
whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us
this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Last night, history was made. In a landslide vote, Barack Obama was elected our 44th President of the United States of America. I have tried to stay out of politics on my blog...it's been a purposeful choice. But, today I want to acknowledge this amazing event.
Through tears I watched McCain give his succession speech. He sincerely pointed out what many of us have known all along--Barack Obama is an honorable man. McCain showed himself to be the true statesman that he is...even quieting the negative reactions. Years of sacrifice and service to his country were seen in his eyes as he so graciously addressed the crowd. Even though he must have felt tremendous disappointment, he pledged his support to Obama for the days ahead. I was impressed by him as I have been in times past. It was awesome!
Then, through more tears, I watched as Obama gave his speech. I will never forget that moment. So many worlds collided there...past sins of our country, snuffed out hopes of those who have been considered even "non-human", dreams of those who have been slain in the fight for civil rights, and a good man (a Jesus follower), his wife, and two adoring children accepting this historic moment into their lives. What must they have been feeling? WOW!
Over the course of the last year, all of us have been privy to hateful email forwards, accusations, and lies spread by supporters of both candidates. After the announcement was made, I was at first surprised and then disappointed as I saw Facebook members changing their status reports. So many Christian men and women, many who I respect, making outrageous, ridiculous remarks. It's not that different from some of the unbelievable email forwards I have received during this campaign. The best word for it to me is simply "disappointing". For, whatever your politics, aren't we governed by something bigger? Regardless of what we agree or disagree with in each candidate, aren't we called to something bigger? Yes, we can speak out--and should! Yes, we should be an advocate for the things we believe in. But, isn't there a way to go about it that doesn't breed hatred?
I realize that in just about every election we deal with these things...and it bugged me just as much when the democrats did it to the republicans when they won the Presidency in 2000 and 2004. Man...these things can be so emotional and it can be way too easy to lose ourselves in the emotion of it. I've definitely felt that myself. I guess the thing that has bothered me most has been that in this particular election, so much of the poison and fear mongering I've heard has come from Christians. It's been frustrating. But, we all need grace to move forward, don't we? All of us. I need it for sure. Even my reaction to reactions has been convicting. GEEZ!
Maybe a good way to end this blog entry today is by quoting my favorite book of the New Testament- 1 John.
This comes from 1 John 4:
Posted by Brandon Scott Thomas at Wednesday, November 05, 2008