(updated post from May 2015)
Have you done a Great Facebook Purge, lately?
Every so often, in an attempt to guard my heart against ugliness, I ‘unfollow’ anyone posting garbage.
Recently, I had this great idea that’d I replace the trash by liking a bunch of Christian pages.
Unfortunately, it was a quick-reminder that every person—including me—is broken.
Instead of the Scriptural uplifting I was aiming for, I was met with posts
- smearing other Christians
- on disowning homosexual children
- about refusing to bake cakes
- bashing citizens who rely on public aid
- and lots and lots of hate for those who are different than us
What are you for?
After I, once again, cleaned up my newsfeed, I started pondering ‘why don’t Christians broadcast what they are for more than what they are against?’
I get it. It’s easier to take a stand against a concept or sin than it is to love everyone well.
And then there are the things, as much as we pretend otherwise, we won’t know the answer to this side of heaven.
And while that may frustrate some—and cause a ridiculous amount of heated, nasty debates—I am, oddly enough, okay with it.
And it’s because of what I do know.
I know that Jesus was birthed from Love, served out of love, included, healed and saved out of love. He died because he loves us. And he was raised with all of the power, authority and LOVE of the Father.
Love can be our hill to die on because it was His.
We may not have all of the answers, but we do have Jesus’s example. When we don’t know the solution, when we’re feeling particularly judgmental, we can choose love.
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2 Steps to Choose Love
These steps aren’t rocket science. They may even feel a little too simplistic. But the point is not your ability or the amount of striving it’d take.
The point is to be rooted in the Word, grafted to the Vine, and desperate for Him that the fruit of love flows from you freely.
1. Choose to see people in a new light
Instead of seeing others as concepts or sins to be against, what if we saw them as people who are just as needy as us for a Savior?
See people as beloved children of the God, who you profess to love.
All of them.
2. Choose to act differently
And then choose to behave as if—because they are—precious creations that God has intentionally formed and lovingly crafted.
And goodness, let’s start being known for what we are FOR and not only what we are against.
Lay down the picket signs and politically charged Facebook statuses. Don’t you think they already know you think of them as less? We get it. You wouldn’t bake the cake. They get it. Make like Elsa and let it go.
Love well, instead.
We don’t have to agree with someone to love them well. We don’t have to condone someone’s behavior to invite them in.
If this was the case, not a single one of us would ever call Heaven home.
There’s room at the table, friends. Let’s invite all in.
Go love well.