2012-11-25 - 1 John 4: Introduction
The Epistles of John ~ Part 77 ~ 1 John 4
Back when I originally wrote this, I was reading an editorial from one of the religious services. It was talking about the reemergence of Jerry Falwell, and possibly the Moral Majority as well. The basic assumption was, since Clinton had been elected, the religious right would become more active. The author saw this as very dangerous.
Larry King, in a very factious manner, speculated that Bill Clinton had hired people like Phyllis Schlafly and other members of the right and religious right to speak out. Clinton did this because he knew their "hatred and intolerance" was so far out of touch with reality, that they'd help get him elected.
The problem, then and now, is the failure to realize that biblical Christian values are still more in line with middle America than the laissez-faire attitude expressed by much of the world, the "anything goes" approach to life.
Nevertheless, there is a problem. Aside from the fact that those holding sound moral values are rarely pictured accurately by the media, these people sometimes feed the attack themselves. Too many times those representing themselves as part of the religious community don't manifest the love of God for the sinner. Their style comes across as aggressive and hostile.
We'll do much for the spread of the Gospel, if people see our love more frequently than our righteous indignation. This is why we need to put more energy into loving people than doing our own brand of social engineering. A good example of this, from what little I know, is Habitat For Humanity. This Christian-based group builds or restores homes for those who are in need of shelter. They don't trade the home for the Gospel, but they live their faith in front of those they serve, and they always give a Bible to the new home owner. It will be very interesting to see how much influence this has for the Lord, when we get to eternity.
Someone once sang, "Love Makes The World Go Round©" Well, that doesn't really seem to be the case. But love does make the church go round, or should anyway.
To be continued.