“….But the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor 13:13)
The last sentence of a full chapter Paul writes to the Corinthians on the topic of love. Do you have a study bible where you can use the index to find verses on a particular topic? Please, take a moment and scan the index and flip through the pages until you reach “love”. Overwhelmingly the most covered topic in the New Testament. For a reason: Christ is love - and Christians, if they truly are disciples (followers) of Christ should emulate His love – reflecting His Light to the world. But we do not. I’ve seen it said that hypocrisy in the Church probably repels more people away from Christianity than any other factor. The author, Anne Rice, recently posted the following on Facebook: “For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ, as always, but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.” Sad, isn’t it. While I would suggest Anne should have sought another church, or two, over the ten years she was seeking Christian community, there is something to connect with in her experience. For too many Christians today, the focus is not on love. Instead, they are judgmental, self-righteous, focused too much on themselves and their institutions and not Reflecting His Light to the world with love. Each of us can make a difference – being an effective witness to non-Christians, by being ABLAZE with His love for one another.