Yes it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m told this is a holiday about love (sorry I’m single so I have to go off what others tell me). I’m curious how well people are doing in that regard this year because it seems like we are in a time of hate, not love. Yes I see these signs at rallies that say “Love Trumps Hate” but it sure doesn’t seem like that’s happening. Just go on Facebook today and see how many people are too busy yelling at each other over politics to say Happy Valentine’s Day. This is the world right now.
There is no doubt that a lot of the hate and division among us right now has to do with politics. Difference on politics is ruining friendships, business relationships, and even some marriages! Then there are groups who are calling for boycotts of businesses where the CEO merely says something supportive of President Trump.
We are also in an age where it is seen as a badge of honor to be a hateful to the other side as possible. In an age where leftists like Madonna talk about bombing the White House, and then on the other side Trump once told people to punch protesters, it’s no wonder there’s so much hate. When we have people like Rosie O’Donnell on the left and Milo Yiannopoulos on the right taking all the attention, there’s plenty of hate to go around.
It is being said that being controversial, rude, and hateful to the other side is courageous. Politics is war we are told and they are the ones with the guts who are willing to fight it all out. It’s a hard job and someone has to do it. Well I’m here to tell you that they are wrong. Trust me it’s easy to be controversial when you’re in the media. Just throw out some bombs and watch your ratings shoot up. It’s the best way to get attention. What takes courage? Love.
What is love? Well the best definition I can find is in the Bible.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Jesus goes even further when talking about love.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5:43-48
Love sounds great, but it is not always easy. Martin Luther King Jr. proved that love is hard, takes courage, but also is powerful and influential. He also proved that it can change the world for the better!
So on this Valentine’s Day let’s do the courageous thing. In a world full of hate let’s try to show some love. Can we do this for at least just one day? Is that too much to ask?
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35