Setting the Standard
Every one of us lives by a certain set of standards, whether fixed or flexible, changing or unchanging, subjective or objective, we all live according to something.
In an age when being judgmental is seen to be the ultimate offense, we are told to keep our personal standards private, that we may not commit this cultural “sin”.
Love then is seen to be the only default in order that we stay true to modern cultural values.
What’s the Big Deal?
So.. You may be asking yourself “what’s the big deal?”
Well, a culture set on letting love be the main standard may not seem to be an inherently bad idea.
However, a problem arises when a culture redefines the meaning of love and how it should be demonstrated in order that they may silence specific perspectives, particularly those views that are taken from the Bible.
Culturally unexcepted views
Some of the views might include: Marriage can only be between one man and one woman, abortion is murder which is objectively wrong according to God’s perfect standard, or that we are innately evil and enemies of God.
Let me be clear, those who believe these ideas are bigoted or/and judgmental perspectives, often claim to have the moral high ground because they “love” everyone.
The problem is they have a completely flawed view of what love actually looks like
You see, the issue is not whether we are called to love everyone, but rather how is this love defined and further to that, how is it to be lived out?
To the world, love is being completely accepting and non-judgmental to the point where they will not call out harmful behavior.
With this being their mindset, when we call out harmful behavior both physical and spiritual, we are told that we should be more loving because “all you need is love”
Instead, they believe in a kind love that affirms sin to soften guilt, that joins hands to declare their self-sufficiency, that has the façade of togetherness and unity but has an underbelly of ultimate rejection.
Their god is love
The culture’s god may be love, but only the one true God has displayed His perfect love for us in the person of Jesus Christ.
You see, modern love is defined by acceptance and being non-judgmental.
However, only through Jesus can we find true acceptance and escape ultimate judgment.
How do we live out Love?
You’ve heard a lot about how the world defines love and how they wish to demonstrate it, but you may be asking yourself “How do we live out love?”
First, as we get our priorities straight from the Bible, we are told to love God first, people next.
- And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-39
Second, we must understand that truth and love go hand in hand. We are called to speak the truth in love, regardless of whether the biblical views we espouse are in accordance with the cultural definition of love.
Third, we are called to let our love be that of God’s love for us:
A Patient Love – Waiting for Your Prodigal: “Love Is” (Part 1)
A Kind Love – 4 Keys To Daily Kindness: “Love Is” (Part 2)
An Enduring Love – Enduring Love & Our Culture That Desperately Needs It: “Love Is” (Part 3)
Love because our God loves, not because love is your god.
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