May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will leave the world a little better for your having been here. -- Ronald Reagan

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Faith and Love, Church, State, and Walls

I don't know where this quote came from, just that it's from the second century. It's about Love, and how those of us that proclaim God's Love, fall short of practicing it. Doing so has influence and consequences deep into our relationships; not just personal relationships.

“…we say one thing and do another. When they hear the words of God on our lips, unbelievers are amazed at their beauty and power, but when they see that those words have no effect in our lives, their admiration turns to scorn, and they dismiss such words as myths and fairy tales.

They listen, for example, when we tell them that God has said: It is no credit to you if you love those who love you, but only if you love your enemies, and those who hate you. They are full of admiration at such extraordinary virtue, but when they observe that we not only fail to love people who hate us, but even those who love us, they laugh us to scorn, and the Name is blasphemed.”

I wrote elsewhere today about the State, tyranny, separation of Church and State, and some of the personal decisions we make; denial of Love, or expressing it. I think that God is Love. At the macro level, the State builds up the wall between Church and State, between religion and State. The wall is in fact a wall to block Love. Is there Love in Nazism, communism, fascism, socialism, ancient Roman tyranny? Gulags, concentration camps, slavery, the murder of millions, holocaust? All these from a Love denying State. Christians and Jews fall short of expressing Love, but we try, know we often fail, and try again. The State, using brutal oppression or soft tyranny, has no Love.

At the micro level, I think euthanasia is a denial of Love. Abortion is a denial of Love. That is a child that will never Love, or be Loved. I think of sometimes people reach out to me, needing Love, and I don't respond because I'm busy, or irritated about something, or even don't like the person. That last is horrible to contemplate, its being so much in violation of Faith based Love.

And yet, I'm blessed by God, and full of his Grace.

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