I Corinthians 13, commonly called the Love Chapter of the Bible, reinterpreted for political addicts (in other words, most of the people on Facebook):
“Though I speak with the tongues of politicians and pundits, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a 24 hour new channel. And though I have the gift of knowing more than everybody else, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could actually believe my party’s one-sided hype, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my paycheck for the government to give to the poor, and offer my complexion to be burned at public protests, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up (so that excludes everyone on TV), does not behave rudely (even online), does not seek its own (whether my candidate won or lost), is not provoked (by those crazies who actually hink differently than me), thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity (even when my cause is winning), but rejoices in the truth; (even when my cause is losing) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are exit polls, they will fail; whether there are pundits, they will cease; whether there are anonymous sources, they will vanish away. For we know in part and we post on Facebook in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away (and no one will be reading our posts within a week anyway).
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, (especially when it comes to seeing the hatefulness of our own hearts) but then face to face. Now I know in part (though I’d never admit it to someone from the opposition) but then I shall know just as I also am known (and everyone will know how wrong we all were….about everything).
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love (and dear Lord, we could sure use some of it nowadays)!
So, what are the lessons we must learn from this passage, in order to truly be a people ruled by love?
First, the hatred of others never gives us a free pass to hate them back. Jesus prayed for those who crucified Him, forgiving their senseless actions. Soooooo, please just try and tell him that because the policies and positions of others are hateful, it is OK for you to be hateful toward them.
Try and say it with a straight face to the One who said “turn the other cheek” when people do evil toward you, and to not repay evil for evil. Tell Him that your protests with effigies of decapitated politicians is done in love, and that physical violence is reasonable.
Doing evil in the name of your “good” is still evil…
“Hate is hate is hate is hate”, no matter how you rationalize it.
We’re seeing there’s hate on BOTH sides of the aisle. But like children, we point at the other side and yell, “BUT THEY STARTED IT!” In truth, we’re not heroes standing up for what’s right – we’re just spoiled little children acting out whenever we don’t get our way.
If you want to say and post hateful things and go to rallies that spew hate toward entire groups of people, that’s your right. But please don’t ever try and wrap Jesus around that junk. He deserves more respect.
I truly believe that when we all get to heaven, we will amazed how wrong we ALL got it. No political party speaks for God’s ultimate truth and goodness – most just speak for their own narrow points of view and selfish interests, while hiding behind a noble cause.
So don’t try and include Jesus in your protest or post when it derides and degrades other human beings. Remember, He gets pretty angry when His Father is misrepresented. Last time that happened, He grabbed a whip and tipped over a few tables to set the record straight.
Even if you’re right, your hatred towards others makes you wrong in God’s eyes.
And in spite of all our politics, His opinion is the only one that will matter in the end.
– Dave Gipson