I’ve had a “Love Wins” bumper sticker on my car long before the popular hashtag.
I’ve seen what hate can do and I’ve seen what love can do, and I put that sticker on my car because I truly believe love is what wins.
But I must clarify: I believe God’s love wins.
Humanity is broken. We see it everywhere. God offers to renew us, but at a cost: we must abandon our perception and trust his. Would I trust a doctor or my neighbor in diagnosing a mysterious lump on our back? Would I trust a carpenter or a mechanic to fix my car? With the human soul, there’s only one Person equipped to fix it, for he’s the one who made it.
If God says the human soul is meant to operate on love (Matt. 22:37-40), wouldn’t it be wise to find out how to go about it?
Yet I think most of us assume we already know how love works.
That’s the problem. Assumptions made by humans tend to be either misguided or completely off track. Humans can’t love without the Source of love, and that’s why human love will never win when God’s love doesn’t first permeate within. A lake cannot fill, nor can a river flow without a source of water. So are we designed to let God’s love flow through us and spread to others.
The world has lost its Source and continues to dive deeper into a muddy pool of confused definitions. We’ve forgotten God and have thus forgotten his love. The farther the sun slips past the horizon, the more darkness grows. The more we grow to love darkness, the more we hate light when it rises. We then put blinders on because the shadows feel more like home.
Yet God cares more about our souls than we do. He wants to rip the blinders off our faces so we can look him in the eyes and see his love for us. He wants to heal our brokenness but he can’t until we acknowledge it ourselves. That goes for everybody.
That’s why targeting this same-sex marriage thing misses the point. Humanity has been lost for a long time, and it only gets worse until we admit our inability to craft a life for ourselves.
We are all broken in the sight of God. It’s time we let God do his work in us so we can see the Divine image in each other. Let’s refuse to let titles, sexual orientations, religious persuasions and convictions get in the way focusing on the person in each face we see.
The hate and condemnation among us must stop, for God is the only true judge, and in his eyes we all stand accused of operating our souls against their design. As a group of criminals, then, we must look at one another with a broken form of unity. We’ve all spurned the image of God, but fortunately for us, he loves us! The point of it all is that God loved us regardless of our brokenness.
I don’t know how history will pan out, but I know who writes the final page. And that, my fellow Christians, is what truly matters. No matter what our governments legalize, no matter what society thinks, we cling to the promise of that last page. God will right all wrongs, but in the meantime, we must let his love win by letting it flow through us.
Disagreements are certain, and rifts will form, but God is the only one who can smoothen the rough patches of our souls. Why not seek him out? When God is allowed into our disagreements and rifts, he gently reminds us about the point of it all, which is to love him first. For only then can we truly love others–disagreements and all.
“Walk in love, as Christ loved us…” (Eph. 5:2)