“And now abide, faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.I
1 Corinthians 13:13
During his lifetime Martin Luther King once said in his opinion, the most evil place in the US was Philadelphia ,MI. This was what inspired the movie, Mississippi Burning. It was all about an injustice of human rights. Isn’t there something weird when a place named after the city of brotherly love has experienced a hostile taken over? Have heard it said that for evil men to succeed, good men merely do nothing. Maybe we have become so afraid of the world turning bad that we hide our light under bushel? We are afraid to be good.
We have taken a journey these past six weeks in the realm of love. Personally, I have come to realize that being good in this world is not enough. Human goodness and love have their limits. The heat is turning up and we are being pushed beyond our comfortable limits. It’s sort of like when you need Gatorade to quench that desperate thirst and plain water doesn’t cut it.
Maybe it’s just me but I have been bummed out with Disney kid stars. Many of them start off sweet, cute, or slightly mischievous. They make an impact on our kids and become their favorite role models. However, the Great Popularity Machine slowly pulls them in a little compromise at a time. The end result is different for them all but is I think it just wants to extinguish good in any form. It’s like a fish on a hook.
Good without God is in real trouble. You know what entropy is right? It is the truth that in this world of time everything wears out and runs down. I think that is actually one of the rules of thermodynamics. (Yes, it is the second law of thermodynamics. It says that everything runs down of new energy is not balancing it out). We are subject to this wear and tear. Needless to say, if these are the only tools you use, even as a morally good person, you are working with inferior tools.
I had this idea that I think I have to draw to show you how what was in my head.
Thus the War of Love is brought to the forefront. If Love is God then we have weapons that don’t wear out. We are fighting on the right side, with time (and eternally) tested tools. Our goal is to not just fight evil but to show love to those around us. There are people who are yet to come into a real life in Christ. When it all comes down to it we fight evil with goodness, ‘Godness’, and we love those who are Godly so they can have hope in an evil world. There is some sort of Master Planned cycle here.
Okay, so, here is another cycle, I think. We started with two simple words, “Love You.” I felt like that word had much more depth and power the more you seek to understand it. I learned that the five words for love are different and distinct. Yes, I have had obsessions and treated mania like real love. I am praying to practice what real romance. It is not just sex when it comes to eros. I am blessed to see a community of brothers and sisters growing. Phileo love, I am predicting is making a comeback. The world is trying to keep pounding hard on the families. Stand strong Storgy! Moms and dads you are still needed. These loves become what they were truly meant to be when God’s agape, unconditional love is their source. Like goodness from God, love springs pure from the true source.
I feel like we have been taking higher education courses. Maybe we have. If that is so, then classes are starting to prepare us for life. It has been a blessing to introduce you to the dean of students, Jesus Christ. Welcome fellow students to Love U.