Something to think about.
So You Want to be Loved
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. John 15:18-19
This is the conundrum the juxtaposition of Christianity. We want to be loved in a world that doesn’t want to love us, yet we are commanded to love this world. In Matthew 5:44 Jesus said,” 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. Our need and desire to be loved is a basic need of our lives.
The sad reality is if you look at the world you will see that it is not understanding, intelligence education or intent that is lacking it is love. The world as it is today produces enough food to feed itself, but people are still dying of starvation. There is more than enough wealth around the world to eradicate poverty, but people still live in desperate need. There are medical advances that will benefit humanity, but they don’t reach the impoverished of the world. That is not to say there aren’t problems we don’t have solutions for, but we do have available to us solutions to some of the worlds basic needs. So why don’t we employ these solutions? Some people say it is because of capitalistic greed, some say because we are too different, Some believe that those who are impoverished somehow deserve it. Some see it as a problem they are not responsible for. Some see it as a fatalistic reality; they must exist it is a cycle of life.
All of the reasons or excuses mask the real culprit; it is a lack of love. We love our families and close friends. We in a sense may love our country. But do we love our neighbor? The solutions to the world problems are not going to be resolved by a redistribution of wealth, or further medical advances, or reimagined or newly created ideologies. Not by advances in education or academic achievement. The world’s problems can only be alleviated when we really learn to love and care for each other. When we learn to love one another as Jesus said: “Love your enemy.”
In our world”s culture and ingrained mindset love your enemies is not included. The love of the world does not include your best interest. The love of the world will always be what is best for me at any cost. Because the love of the world is self-centered the solutions to the problems of the world will never be implemented. For any solution of any of the world’s problems, we must first,
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ then, 38 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:36-40