I have witnessed anger, hatred, bullying, threats, and the dissolution of friendships this last week. All on Social Media.
Years long friendships, destroyed. People in my church, name calling and attacking one another.
Friends I know to be Christ followers, creating such division and hatred among each other.
I do not believe any of them are for violence. I do not believe any of them condone physical attacks on people, businesses, or our Capital.
I also do not see any of these posts pointing people towards Jesus. I see the words, “If you are a Christian”, followed by hate and attacks.
I see the world watching as Christ followers persecute their neighbors so viciously, on a public forum.
I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed this morning, reading a dear friend attack another dear friend. Other friends joined in on one side or the other. Unfriending and blocking soon ensued, but instead of that causing a check in their spirit, they continued on attacking their once friend and were joined by more people agreeing with the attack.
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35
What, then, is proven by the public hatred for one another?
“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
When did we, as Christ followers, start to decide who is worthy of love and who is not?
I have seen post after post attacking the church. I see non-believers watching people who call themselves Christ followers attack others and then ask, why would I ever want to be a part of the church when this is how you treat the members of your church family?
I write this heartbroken.
I write this as a plea.
I write this weeping, as our Heavenly Father weeps for all of His people.
We are called to love. We are called to broker peace. We are called to live a life worthy of God’s love.
I challenge you to spread love today.
I challenge you to not engage in attacks.
I challenge you to be led by the Holy Spirit, in your words and your actions.
Start here. I Corinthians 13
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
Stand in love my friends. Speak with love. Pray in love. Silently scroll in love.
We all have love in us. We must all give it away.