love is kind

Hello all! It’s been a while and a half since I’ve posted. Junior year was a whirlwind of school, sickness, friends, ACT, and a lot of new faces in my life. I am so thankful for the past month of catching up on sleep, hanging out with good people, and watching a lot of documentaries.

Today, my heart is heavy and hopeful at the same time. As you may have heard, today, #lovewins. Gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states. It is a strange time to be a Christian, because most Christians I’ve encountered about this subject are dealing with it in a way that I do not agree with. I am writing this solely because I want people to talk about God’s love. It’s true that love wins. As it is stated in 1 Corinthians 13:8,

“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.”

Of course love wins. Love never fails. But to know what exactly is winning, we have to look at what love is. A few verses before we read that love never fails, it stays-

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

This description of love is not what I have been seeing from Christians in reaction to this new law or the love that has apparently “won”. You guys, love does not dishonor others, it is self-seeking, it is not easily angered. I cannot stress enough how important how Christians react to this will be for the people around us who are just waiting for us to burn down parades and picket weddings. Being angry about this will not help anything. It just won’t. The truth is, as much as we try and try to make our country a Christian nation, the problem still exists. Do we really think that if gay marriage is illegal, people will no longer be gay? The only thing we can do now is pray, speak the truth in LOVE, and be ready with arms wide open to catch those who need to be caught. I believe that Jesus has the power to change the hearts of the men and women who have twisted love into something that it isn’t, and we as Christians need to be genuinely on our knees begging Him to change those hearts. because no human agenda or political debate is going to change a heart. Only Jesus.

Again, I do not believe that this battle has been won by true love. I think that the love that has “won” is a twisted version of real love. Verse 6 says, “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” Like it or not, any Bible believing Christian cannot deny that in the Bible God says that homosexuality is a sin. But God also says that the greatest commandment is love. Does this negate the sin of homosexuality? Of course it doesn’t. It only means that in perfect love we must treat those who have fallen into this trap wrapped in rainbow paper as equals who are absolutely loved and desired by God. Friends, this is the greatest opportunity Christians have had in a while to show the love of Jesus to a world that is desperately desperately in need of real love. Not twisted love. Not hatred disguised as justice. Not a condescending “bless his heart”. But real, genuine love that can only be given to us through Jesus Christ. They want this love so badly, and they know that they need it. They just cannot possibly see it through all of the “God-fearing homophobes” telling them that God hates them. I’m begging you all to let love win. Real love.

with love,

Claire

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