36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Where is the love? Our world is filled with so much pain, chaos, and hate. It is a cycle becomes self-feeding. We all know we need people to rise above the moment and help lead us to a different place. A place where real conversation can happen. It is in the conversation and the sharing of ourselves that we can begin to bridge the divide.
I read a phrase this morning that has stuck with me…we are in the chasm between fear and hope. The question for us is, how will we respond. Which direction will be go? As I look around, I am disheartened to see too many people are choosing fear. It is becoming big business in fact.
An article this morning on The Daily Beat spoke about this fear. He listed quite a few people who are not only choosing fear but are making fear a very profitable business. These people are making hundreds of thousands of dollars annually by marketing in fear and hate of Muslims. He mentioned people like Pamela Geller, David Horowitz, and Frank Gaffney. They are fueling the fire of fear. They are making the chasm between fear and hope even bigger for so many people.
This is just one sign of what is going on in our country. Our political process is wrapped in fear and hate. We no longer vote for someone we vote against people. Our religious life can often be just as driven by fear, hate, and distrust if we are not careful.
Jesus had a different view. Let’s lead with love. We do not have to market in fear. This love should be focused in on God. We live out that love by how we love others. How can you say you love God and at the same time hate a group of people because of the color of their skin or how they choose to worship? How are we living out our love of God by demonizing the “other”?
This morning as our nation is still reeling from the recent violence and turmoil, I am choosing love.
How about you?