Thursday, August 2, 2012


Imagine what it would be like if those who sing "They'll know we are Christians by our love..." on Sunday morning acted with love towards their fellow-men  the rest of the week, even those they disagree with or who live or look differently than they do.  Love does not dishonor others...

Imagine that those who say they have total faith in God left the political process alone, and trusted Him to choose our leaders, rather than ranting and raving about politics, supposedly in the name of Christ.   Love is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered.  Or imagine if they would stop yelling that we are a 'Christian nation' and would vote in a way that made us look like one; protecting those who are in need, caring for those who have less than we have, whether it be in material goods or in other ways that they need our care.

Imagine if we put our Love where our mouths are, and our tweets and messages and posts and words always reflected Christ's love in us.  If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

Imagine political ads that did not lie, did not brag, did not blast the opponent, but  doled out hope for the future.  Love keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

Imagine if we were committed to living the love of 1Corinthians 13 in the same manner that the great Olympic athletes are committed to their sport. Love always perseveres.

Imagine if we all lived in true non-violence, not allowing weapons of violence in our lives and home, whether in virtual or real form.  Love is always kind... love does not retaliate.

Imagine that our churches are as attentive and supportive of the people who walk through the doors, and who do not, as they are of their traditions.  For where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. But Love never fails.

What I see around me, and I am mostly surrounded by those who claim the Christian life, does not always reflect love. Sometimes, I just have to Imagine....