If you, like me, are a millennial (or have millennial children), you might remember the song “Where is the Love” by the Black Eyed Peas. This song was written in 2003 in response to the terrorist attacks in 2001. I recently heard this song again and couldn’t help but relate it to the world we’re living in today. There are two lines specifically that really stuck out to me:
“Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity”
In Matthew 22, Christ narrowed down the Ten Commandments given to Moses to two great commandments: Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.
The first commandment is pretty simple. Love God. Completely. With everything I have. The second one — weeeell, that one can be difficult. I think the first step is to recognize who is considered to be my neighbor.
My co-worker is my neighbor.
The sister sitting next to me in church is my neighbor.
The lady who cut me off on the highway is my neighbor.
Every person who voted differently than me in this year’s election is my neighbor.
I can’t get away from them. They’re everywhere. And I’m supposed to love them all. Every. Single. One. Is that easy? Not so much, but Christ commands it. Again, Christ commands it. It’s not a suggestion, nor does He say, “Love them if they have the same views as me” or “Love them as long as they’re nice to me.” He wants me to love everyone like I love myself, no matter what. Love them like I want to be loved. It’s a tall order, but one we must obey.
Otherwise, how do we become unified? There are so many issues and tactics the opposition uses today to divide us, and sometimes he’s successful. We can’t let that happen.
Where is the love? It’s in each and every one of us, and it’s our job to share it with the world.
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