Church- Where Is The Love?
The lack of integrity within marital relationships is echoed by the lack of relationships people are having with God. God’s commandment to us “that you love one another; as I have loved you” was not to be taken lightly.
He is aware of how difficult it is to do this. He is also aware that as we fail to love one another we will drift from loving Him.
A great 70’s song made popular by Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack “Where is the Love” framed the question well: “Where is the love, You said you'd give to me, Soon as you were free, Will it ever be, Where is the love?”
I have no doubt that if God were to ask that question of most of us today, each of us would stutter trying to answer that question. Regrettably, so many have redefined God, His Church and love with a consumer mentality that assesses “What have you done for me lately?” rather than a commitment to demonstrate true devotion. They want to bargain with God, so they say “If You get me a job, a husband, or wife, and make me internationally popular then I will come to Your church. If not, I don’t have time for that.” To the pastor they say: “If you don’t preach like I like, or sing the songs I like… I will find another.” There is little mystery about the lack of commitment from the congregants to God or the “Church.” We must all learn how to love one another again before we can be successfully engaged into a loving entity (or church) that reaches out to help others that are hurting even while we are hurting.
The church has to be far more than a social meeting for fashion and social connectedness. The late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote: “If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”
Let that quote be a trumpet blast in our ears! Let our conscience be scorched with The Word of God delivered from the pulpits with boldness and clarity. Let that Word not incite fear and guilt, but let it once again inspired us to follow the example of Christ and not man. Let the body of believers function with interdependence and love so that we encourage one another rather than live with self-centeredness. Let us present our love and all of our skills and talents for the growth and impact of the church rather than holding back to see how much recognition we will receive in exchange. “love does not parade itself, is not puffed up” [1Cor 13:4] Let the leaders of the church embrace and love the youth and learn from them rather than discard them as worthless and underdeveloped. Our gifts will make room for us in the church when our love for God and each other fills our heart and the room.
[written by Rev. Dr. Aaron Jamal]
Posted on Wed, September 9, 2015
by Rev. Dr. Aaron Jamal