Lately, there’s been so much that I want to say, but there just isn’t enough space to say it. I’ve never been so sure and confused at the same time – sure of the call God has on my life and confused about how and what He plans to use to accomplish it. There’s been such a stirring of ‘more’ in my spirit, and no adequate way to articulate it.
I am so burdened for my generation. My peers. My friends.
The world gets darker and darker by the day. I don’t want to ignore that fact under the guise that I’m just trying to be positive. There is a lot of stuff going on right now – globally, nationally, spiritually. It’s not a time to kick back and relax. I know that this isn’t the message any of us really wants to hear, but it’s the honest one. This is an opportunity: an opportunity to present the world with a real Hope. A real Life. A real Love.
We have been sold counterfeits on real living, and it’s time we rose up against it (not with poster boards telling people they’re going to hell and that the kingdom of heaven is drawing near). How do we combat such terrible darkness? With light. With love. By being a healing balm to a wounded world.
We will never make progress by fighting fire with fire. Jesus never commanded us to live in such a way. Jesus gave us a new commandment: to love one another as He as loved us (John 13:34). Jesus said that if we’re insulted, to turn the other cheek. If someone asks for the clothes off of our backs, we’re intended to give it to them. Even proverbs says to be kind to our enemies; showing kindness in the midst of selfishness is like heaping coals on the enemies head (Proverbs 25:21-22).
This is not a new concept, it’s just an unpracticed concept. How can we truly begin to heal the world until the church stops wounding itself? Not only is this a call to love our enemies, but to truly, honestly, love each other as God loves us. That means accepting people (all people) with their junk, with all of the things that make relationship inconvenient. Jesus calls us to a life of inconvenience because Jesus calls us to a life of true, authentic, messy love.