No more “us” and “them”

It seems that throughout the history of mankind, people have developed words to distinguish groups of people. The Greeks referred to all those who were not Greek as barbarians. In Rome you were either a citizen or a non-citizen. The Jews called all those who were not Jews by the term “Gentiles.” It would seem the purpose of creating such distinctions was to elevate your own group and put down those who you considered less than your group. Even today we can find this type of terminology in places. Continue reading “No more “us” and “them””

We love because he first loved us

“We love because he loved us first. If anyone says ‘I love God’ and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And the commandment we have from him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too” (1 John 4:19-21 NET).

“Love, love, love, love – the gospel in a word is love; love your neighbour as your brother, love, love, love.” And so goes the verse of a familiar song to many of us. “The gospel in a word is love” – love is what we are to be about as Christians. In fact, Jesus placed such a great emphasis on love that he said this was the way people would know who were following him. “Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Continue reading “We love because he first loved us”