In the Gospel of Luke (Luke 6:27), Jesus says, “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.”
You’ve probably heard this phrase: “United we stand, divided we fall,” but have you ever asked yourself what exactly unites us as a nation? Can you name anything on which an overwhelming majority of Americans agree?
It’s not easy. When it comes to being united, we certainly aren’t “one” on major issues: religion, economics, education, borders, biology, family structure, parental rights, or free speech. The truth is, we have much division — and there aren’t any signs of it slowing down. It’s fair to say we are no longer united on the things that matter most.
So should we throw our hands in the air and kiss our nation goodbye? Is America resigned to a fate of mutually-assured destruction between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, and secular humanists and traditional Christians? After all, a recent Rasmussen poll found that most Americans believe political violence is near, and 31 percent believe another civil war is coming within five years.
Jesus said these words in Matthew 24:12: “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.”
Perhaps nothing is more dangerous to our nation than the decline of our love toward one another. But love is not simply accepting people as they are, as current culture would have us believe. We’ve seen a shift in the definition of words, and no word has been more improperly used than the word “love.”
Christians know what that word really means. We know that love is telling the truth. Love requires sacrifice. Love is willing to be spurned and hated in order to get the right results. And there is no greater example of this than Jesus Christ himself, a man despised and rejected by culture, yet willing to endure the cross to achieve reconciliation. His love cost him everything, but He was willing to live and speak truth.
His love cost him everything, but He was willing to live and speak truth.
The Apostle Paul wrote that the last days would be difficult and people would only love themselves. Nobody agrees completely with anyone else — but when you start hating your neighbor and start loving only yourself, you’ll eventually get to the point where you’ll imprison or kill those with whom you disagree.
A great example of …