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by Terry Rush
We, the church, are shooting ourselves in the proverbial foot. We practice an evil trait that contradicts the Bible message; all the while insisting that our branch of biblical perception interprets matters accurately. I speak of our practicing dislove (dis-love) for any who insult us or merely ruffle our preferential feathers.
To dislove a person is not permissible by God; yet we go about much more than disapproving of many… we quite frankly don’t like them…let alone love them. We are to love one another. We are to love even our enemies. Jesus did. We don’t. We draw a line where Jesus didn’t. And the world rightfully jeers our insistence that they ought to join us in order to be right with God.
So what shall we do? Quit? Stop all of our religious efforts since we seem to be missing a central piece? No, what we need to do is work on our own sins first; primarily rerouting our dislike and dislove for any whom we selectively target.
Jesus is different than any social standard known. He died for those who loved him and… for those who despised him. He died for the very ones who gloated in executing him. Afterward, he gave us an identical assignment.
We have taken great stabs at growing in him. We attend. We study. We give. I applaud us.
I also pull alongside of you to say that we have incredibly mighty work yet to do. And such an effort is to start with the discontinuing of our blatant dislove for any and all who don’t meet our social criteria. This will change each of us personally. And then, it will change the church drastically. Eventually, it will reverse the social trend of rejecting us for even our enemies will find that we dearly love them… treasure them.
People matter. People are important… every… individual. May we be determined by the strength of the Holy Spirit supply within us to love every person in our path. May we abandon our selectivical snobbery by seeing friends… and enemies…as most valued in God’s eyes…and then in our own.