Stunning Gestures of Love

Tina Turner’s song What’s Love Got To Do With It says love is nothing but a sweet old-fashioned notion, because who needs a heart when a heart can be broken? There’s so much self-protection in this world. Where’s the room for a stunning gesture of love with that type of thinking?

Then there’s the thought from the Melodians, who sang love is what makes the world go around. That was qualified to mean only as long as you feel the same way I do. Then you know love is for real. Really? Where’s the room for a stunning gesture of love with that type of thinking?

A couple of weeks ago I asked about our altitudes versus our attitudes. My whole point was to push back against being a respecter of persons. In his letter, James spends a good part of chapter two by focusing on the issue of poverty and riches to make the case.

The writer of Proverbs 30:8 says, “….give me neither poverty nor riches.” Have you noticed that throughout scripture there seems to be a war on either one? Leviticus 19:15 weighs in on the matter by speaking to the nation of Israel and saying, “You shall do no injustice in judging a case; you shall not be partial to the poor or show a preference for the mighty, but in righteousness and according to the merits of the case judge your neighbor.” Amplified Bible

Caring more about a person’s money or position of power and not seeing them as made of the same mud as anyone, poor people included, is sin. Frankly we can turn that around. Caring more about poor people and seeing rich people as the “Grinch” is a favorite or popular thing these days. Neither one impresses God. He’s about community and showing the love from above – stunning gestures of love.

I saw that happen in a prison chapel meeting once. Four black men weeping profusely prayed beside me “God be merciful to me a sinner for Jesus sake.” On my other side, I heard another voice praying the same prayer. It was the voice of a white prison guard. Amazing! The gospel of Christ stuns us with God’s love.

Through Jesus Christ we can love our neighbor as ourselves, instead of dividing over race, riches, or perceived rights. Now there’s a stunning gesture of God’s love!

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