LOVE IN OUR WESTERN CULTURE

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As a Christian, I am commanded to love everyone. There does not appear to be any exception. In fact, I am even commanded to love my enemies. I find it is not always easy to comply with that command, but it is doable. There is, however, much more about how to show love, in the Bible. In first Corinthians 4-8, it says 4” 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.”

There is more to it than those platitudes, although they sound pretty all-encompassing. Jesus practiced all that is written in Scripture about love. In fact love is what being Christ-like is all about. Our culture (if one can call it that) is one of trying to re-invent love, or at least the definition of love. Now, when one reads about all that is going on, one would have to believe love is tolerance, protecting us from ourselves, protecting our “right” to practice any level of perversion, not saying anything one can—in our selfish, indefensible, sensitivities—take as an offense, whether intended so or not.

Just like Jesus, in the temple, when he drove out the money-changers, His righteous anger was an anger born of love; love for His father’s name and reputation, love for the word of God, love for the money-changers, themselves. Proverbs 13:24 says (NAS) “He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” Regardless of how we, of this modern, perverse, and self enlightened, age try to restate it or make it sound like that is violence against those who commit digressions, it is pretty clear the principle of “tough love” is practiced by the patriarchs of the Bible as well as by Jesus.
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