10 August 2007

Where is the Love?

PadreRob+ over on the a priest's musings on the journey blog asks "Where is the Love?"
Just wondering, why it is that members of Christ's Body who are in disagreement over certain issues find such delight in ridiculing, belittling, and making pot shots at their siblings who disagree with them? If that's love, if that's how Christians treat one another when they disagree, then no wonder our churches are empty on Sundays.
Read the rest . . .
Personally, I agree with PadreRob+. I too have seen some shameful behavior by some in relation to the recent disagreements within the Anglican Communion. Mostly online, but I think that is because of the relative anonymity often provided by the Internet. Maybe it is easier to be unloving to someone when you are not in the same room as them, especially if you have never met that person.

I grew up NW Conservative Baptist, because that's what the neighbors were, and I remember learning the Sunday School song version of 1 John 4:7-8.
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
That is one part of Scripture that I think is rather plain in what it means. It's right up there with the two greatest commandments, which according to our Lord are to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul, and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

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Blogger PadreRob+ said...

Thank You!
We learned that same 1 John song in my Pentecostal Sunday School Class.

I'm glad to find your blog as well.


Anonymous Bishop David said...

It's just too easy and too tempting to define difference in a way which magnifies division. The internet facilitates that - and so does the media. We need a different dynamic - the Christ-like search in love for people who may happen to see things differently


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