To change the world

I am reading Leonard Sweet’s latest book “The Jesus Manifesto” and came across the following quote which struck me as true but very sad at the same time.

Too many Christians want to change the world, not because they love the world but because they hate the world

It makes me want to cry because it so very true. How many people do you know  that hate the church and thereby often hate Christ, because a “loving” Christian tried to change them? I have seen it over and over again. People who proclaim Christ as Lord, yet ignore him when it comes to dealing with other people. For them, the Christian faith is all about Christ living in them and nothing about Christ living through them.

For so many people “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son . . . ” is about God’s love for me and not about God’s love for you too and God’s love for creation and community and all of the other children of God out there. From the very beginning when God created the world, he called it good and obviously loved what he had created. Even after the fall, even after evil came into the world, God still loves the world and wants us to do the same.

Do you see the difference love makes when we are out there changing the world? Even when the goal is the same (a better world, person, life, etc) to do so with love in your heart instead of hate makes all the difference in the world. Sure, hate is a part of this world and our lives. We can hate sin, but when our hatred begins to focus on others, there is a great danger that hatred will seep into all of our relationships including our relationship with God.

To truly love the world is to change the world. To truly love the world is to bring our God, who is love, into the equation. To truly love the world is to see the world as God sees the world – worthy of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the Cross and worthy of our love.

Love came down at Christmas. May you know that love and may He reside in your lives always.  Merry Christmas

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