The problem -
We have created and fostered a culture that ultimately thinks we are smarter than, more merciful than, and more loving than God.
We have helped to breed narcissistic and loveless behavior.
The solution -
My husband taught me that if you state a problem, state a solution.
Listen to Jesus. Follow Truth. Stop running because God’s way doesn’t feel comfortable or convenient. Culture will never, ever, ever trump the truth of God’s word. Laws don’t change Gods mind. Fashion trends don’t change His mind. His love for us is unmatched. His mercy- man, we can’t even touch it, we’re ready to cut people off in 2.5 seconds for trivial nonsense. If we were Jesus we probably would’ve hopped down off the cross, but not before pulling the nails out and throwing them at the Jews, all while saying “forget these ungrateful people, I ain’t dying for them!”
See, our culture is breeding a self focused mindset and loveless people. Everything now is love yourself and self love. Which, in my personal opinion is being birthed from a place of pain, trauma, and unforgiveness. No, I’m not saying to NOT love yourself 🤦🏾♀️ (for those who may misconstrue my words) I believe it is important to love yourself, understand your value and maximize it (shameless plug to my husband’s podcast), and to not allow people in your life who mean you harm. This mindset becomes dangerous when this is the only love we’re focused on. Or when it’s positioned before God. When we haven’t allowed ourselves to heal properly, the bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, and residual pain in our hearts turns our focus off of God, off of people, and turns it completely unto ourselves.
Wanted to make sure I made that a little clearer for any trolls that may think I’m “one of those people.”
If you don’t know me by now, my heart beats Jesus. (It literally does- those two beats aka heartbeat says “Je-sus, Je-sus, Je-sus.)” if you just tried to listen to your heart, you’re just as weird as me. 🤦🏾♀️
Okay, let’s get back on topic. Had a squirrel moment! But, regarding love I’m reminded of this scripture in Matthew. One of the Pharisees asked Jesus a question regarding the greatest commandment.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
Jesus told the Pharisee that the greatest commandment was to love God, and the second commandment was to love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus always served others. That’s what his life and ministry was about.
God knows we are going to love ourselves. We eat healthy, wear seatbelts, exercise because we love ourselves. We want to be healthy and live fantastically long lives. We wear seat belts because we don’t want to get injured in the unfortunate event of an accident. Why? Because we love ourselves. Now what would it look like if we put that same energy & effort into loving others. We read the word and soak up all of that good truth. Why? Because we love ourselves & we want to be full of Gods truth to help us walk this walk of faith. If we love our neighbor as ourself , we’d share that word with them so they can also have life changing truth, right?
Touching on the other issues in the problem section. I’ve heard people say “when I read the Bible, that ain’t love.” We, the creation have become critics of our Creator as though we could do it better. It’s impossible to compete with God, and it’s prideful to believe such a thing. When we realize that God’s way is truth, it creates peace. Culture can change, laws can change, understand that God doesn’t. I know sometimes life can just be so hard. I want to encourage you to not allow life’s circumstances to cause you to forfeit God’s truth. Many ideologies and false religions are birthed because people have determined what they heard before in the Bible is irrelevant or false. The Bible will never be irrelevant to us. It is the most relevant Book you will ever read.