We’ve all heard the songs…
“The Power of Love”
“All You Need is Love”
“Love lifts us up where we belong”
And the list goes on…
But we as Christians have jumped onto the band wagon… or should I say we’ve RE-jumped onto the band wagon.
Wasn’t it Jesus who said:
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another – John 13:35
But the world is taking what Christians are (and should) be known for “Love” and changed what it means.
Christians say “We should LOVE the Earth so lets save the planet…” – so what? So do hundreds of other ‘non-christian’ organisations.
Christians say “We should LOVE the poor so lets work in Africa…” – so what? So do hundreds of others ‘non-Christian’ aid agencies.
Christians say “We should LOVE our neighbour’s lets work in our communities…” so what? Other groups are now doing the same…
NOW PLEASE HEAR ME…
I’m NOT saying that we should stop doing these things…
YES we need to be in and helping our community.
YES we need to be helping the poor.
YES we need to keep the planet in a good condition.
Yes, Yes, Yes….
My question is… Have we diluted the GRACE message with a LOVE message that is just like the rest of the world.
What does Christian love look like… that is different from the love message that the world portraits?
We seems to have jumped on the marketing train… and the easiest thing to market is LOVE.
I heard from someone a a few months back that ‘The church is most appealing when the message of GRACE is the most apparent”… and it got me thinking… does that mean that the church is most EFFECTIVE when the message of GRACE is most evident?
i love the book of Acts, it shows where church started, and you see that even the very first church wasn’t perfect… however I’m not sure we’ve progressed as far as we think we have.
As part of the very first church meeting Peter said in Acts:
“We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 15:11
You see that love was the driving force behind what the Jesus was doing (after all God IS LOVE)… but the message of GRACE is the message we are to share with the world…
No one else can copy that…
The church (to a point) is just being ‘nice’ to people… and that in itself isn’t wrong.
However the message the Jesus COMMANDED us to spread… is much greater than a world of being nice, recycling and buying local… because any chump with a heart for people, or the planet or commmunity can do that.
And they do… often better than us!
What they can’t do is show them the grace of Jesus Christ.
This is what is the MOST appealing to the outside world.
Lets rediscover what makes LOVE so amazing.
- Undeserving Grace (anointedplace.wordpress.com)