My my. I kicked over a can of worms yesterday and to read through the comments yesterday’s Catch created, I feel as if the worms have been out squirming all night and have already traveled too far from where I kicked the can over to ever try to get them back in. It’s a helpless feeling. Wait a minute, what did I say? Did I really say all that? I’m wondering what I said now. When I go back and read it, I feel it’s clear the point I’m trying to make, and yet I seem to have also made a whole lot of points I never intended.
When things like this happen I begin to understand why Christianity in America has gotten so political in the last 30 some odd years. There is a power of emotional energy unleashed whenever you engage in a political discussion or propose political solutions or even opinions. I see why it would be tempting to think you could harness that power for something — even something good like the kingdom of God — when God actually has in mind a different kind of power in society. Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.
God wants a radical revolution of love. The kingdom of God will never go forth politically nor will it ever be advanced by defending or accusing anything. The kingdom will advance through love.
I could try to put a few worms back in the can but I think I would do better to call us all to something higher. So I draw your attention to the picture I posted with yesterday’s Catch and reposted today.
I was hoping there would be this quiet statement made by that picture. Perhaps you missed the significance of it. The picture is a statement written from a label gun: “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.”
I was so excited when I found this because it said so much I didn’t have to say. It’s from a tool that is commonly used to affix labels on things and yet it was used in this case for a different purpose. It was used to remind us all that love is the most important thing of all. It’s such a simple message. Instead of labeling, let’s love. Instead of dividing, categorizing, grouping, stereotyping, (and let’s face it … hating … because that’s where a lot of this leads to) let’s unite. Let’s come together as lovers of God and lovers of men. We don’t need labels; all we need is love. We don’t need to get it right; we never will, by the way, in this life. We need to love. Love covers over a multitude of sins, and I need to crawl under that covering today because the worms are out of the can.