on hope and love

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A while ago below I posted a quote from the Brothers Karamazov. In it Elder Zosima tells his listeners to love even the sinners, to project hope and life, for in doing that we reflect the same love of God.

In love is life. In love is power. In love is light. This isn’t the empty, good-feelings sort of love bandied about in too much popular entertainment. Instead, this love is a reflection of the fullness of God. God is love, we are told. God is also a lot more. Love is not God, to be sure, but where true love is there also is a reflection of God.

I note this, and the quote below, because of a curious reality.

“Christians are people who love.”

How does this quote strike you? Is this something you might hear?

The question then becomes why not? For the fact is that if Christians were to be pulled out of society in an instant (you can pick your own favorite reason this might happen) a significant amount of very love-filled things around the world would also disappear. Christians are showing themselves in manifold ways they are people of love.

The problem is in looking around at almost every form of Christian media there is very little advertisement of these things. In the media presentation there is virtually no difference between Christian and non-Christian obsession with all things contrary and negative. Christians are doing amazing things on this day, but just like with coverage in Iraq the significant good is always bypassed for covering the minutiae of anything negative.

It is, because of this, easy to be very aware of what Christians don’t like, are against, despise, abhor, hate, revile, and dismiss. It is a little more difficult to find stories of hope, of life, of love, even and especially in the Christian media.

I think there is something wrong with this. Paul, of course, writes about things we shouldn’t do on occasion. These passages, however, are always surrounded by passages of who we should be, why we should be like that, reminding us of our heavenly call and reality.

This makes me wonder. Paul, if he was writing today (and that would be a miracle given his age by this time), would likely have an online presence, maybe even a blog.

I wonder if he would blog a lot like many of the other major Christian sites. Or would his experience getting knocked off the horse and called by an appearance of Jesus himself make a difference in his tone and his topics.

He never did seem to talk too much about the broader cultural events. He did talk a lot about how really grand and great it is to know Jesus. It is the grandness that would provoke a person to put behind them the emaciated reality of sinfulness. Now, it seems the tendency is to try to make the emaciation spur one to the greatness. Only this never quite seems to work out as much. Certainly not in my own life.

Christianity is the religion of hope and love. Somehow I think Christian blogs should reflect this as much as Paul’s letters did.

He might have had a good sense about these sorts of things after all, even if it makes us seem really proud of ourselves when we are right about a given event or political matter.

I do mean “us” by the way. This was a post written mostly directed at me.

2 Responses to “on hope and love”

  1. sonja Says:

    Nice …

  2. marie Says:

    I think this is the heart of God’s heart. He wants us to love one another.
    By this, love, “shall all men know that you are My disciples” Jesus said! (John 13:35)
    Where there is real love, there is shelter from suffering, safety, belonging, cheer, compassion and kindness.
    Love rejoices when right and truth prevail. Maybe that should be the stellar perspective!
    I love how you direct focus aright!