The call to love:
Today we recognize the work of Martin Luther King, Jr and what he stood for in this world. He as a Christian believer and minister of the gospel chose love over hate, courage over fear, and righteousness over unrighteous culture constraints of the day. True, he was a great civil rights leader, but more than that, he was an example of the love of Christ at work.
While there are still biases and divisions in this country and the world at large, the Church must know better, do better, and be an example to the world of unity.
“Well done good and faithful servant” or “liar”, what will we hear?
1 John 4:20-21 — Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. (NIV)
The NLT translation substitutes “fellow believer” for brother and sister, because this message was given to believers who are brothers and sisters through shared belief in Christ. If the Church fails to love each other, the rest of the world will not follow.
Jesus commanded his followers to love each other.
John 13:34-35 – So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. (NLT)
This does not appear to be optional or open for debate. Regardless of age, skin tone, gender, country of origin, et cetera, et cetera, believers must demonstrate love toward each other before the world can know what love really is.
If we humble ourselves, examine our own biases toward each other, and repent, God is faithful to forgive. God is faithful to heal our hearts and our land, but it starts with us. So let the redeemed of the Lord say so.
“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Let’s make 2016 another step closer to accomplishing brotherhood, especially amongst those that would call themselves followers of Christ.