“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
This world is crazy.
Every time we turn around, there is another act of hate.
Terrorism, racism, bigotry, lewd acts by powerful people being exposed. Children, churchgoers, concert attenders, students, and people just walking on the road are all in danger. Lives are being tragically lost.
Seriously. It is heartbreaking and can be overwhelming.
This is not news to any of you. You live in the same world that I do, a world corrupted by sin that has turned its back on its Creator.
As the Church, we need to get back to the basic and most important things.
God gave a whole bunch of Laws in the Old Testament, and Jesus helped to narrow that list down for us.
How can we honor God in this broken world?
First, Love God. Second, Love people.
That’s it! That’s the solution to every problem we are faced with today. Sound too simple? Many of us have vastly over-complicated things, but this is the bottom line.
If we love God, we will honor Him. We will seek to know Him more. We will want to follow Him wherever He goes.
A love for people will naturally flow from our love for God, because we will love what (and who) He loves. And guess what? God vehemently, fervently loves people. All people. Period.
What is the cure for the hate in this world? Love. God’s love poured into us and then poured out from us to others.
I can’t say it any better than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This quote has circulated on Facebook for some time, so you might be familiar with it. Nonetheless, it’s a great reminder. Dr. King said:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Be the solution. Stop the hate by showing the love of God in this dark world. Your light can drive out the darkness and make a difference in your community. For eternity.
So, let’s get practical. Here are the steps required to drive out hate:
1. Love God.
2. Love People (remember that this flows from the first one.)
Don’t lose hope. Times are dark, yes. But God is bigger. He is still in the business of saving people and loving them all the way to the Cross.
Even the worst terrorists (like the Apostle Paul in the Bible whose mission was to destroy Christianity and wipe out Christians) can get saved.
Love is the cure for hate. There is so much hope in love. For all of us.