Brandon wanted to watch the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Why, that’s a great question. We recorded it so that he could watch part of it the next morning before school. He began watching it as I continued to get ready for the day. When I finally came down I asked him what he thought of what he was watching and hearing.
He says to me, “I don’t know…” Then he paused and continued, “we definitely shouldn’t build a wall.” I asked him why he thought that and his response made me a proud dad. He said, “So that we can share the Word of God with people.”
We can learn a lot from what Brandon said this morning. He gets it. He sees that a wall that is built gets in the way of what God wants us to do, sharing Jesus, the Word of God!
Walls keep people from seeing Jesus. Walls hold back the love God has for people. Walls turn people away from God. Walls stop communication. We think walls are there for our protection but we miss what is on the other side.
And the sad part is we are building walls all over the place. We build walls when we stop loving as Jesus loves. We build walls when we let fear or vengeance run our lives. We build walls when we stop serving others. We are building walls when we stop listening.
Building walls to isolate ourselves from the world is never a good idea. Remember we are to be in the world, just not of it. When we build walls to protect ourselves from the evils of the world all we are doing is running in fear. We are making disciples and leaders who won’t be able to be difference makers in a radically changing world because we have taught them to fear the world rather than transform it. We are made better when we share our world together even with our differences. Let’s open our eyes and see God at work in our world.
So yes Brandon, I agree with you. We don’t need to build a wall. In fact we need to tear down the walls that we as Christians are building. We need to be the people of God in the world, loving people all along the way so that when we share the Word of God, Jesus, with our neighbors and anybody else, they see what a difference that living for God can be and have hope for a better tomorrow! So choose to love and serve like Jesus!
But how we love others says a lot about our relationship with God and how we even view ourselves.
Luke 6:32-33 (NLT)
If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much!
Do you only love your friends and those who are like you, or do you also love the ones who are your enemy, hate you, want to do harm to you, are different from you?
It’s easy to love those we are like, its hard to love those that we aren’t like. This is why we need to listen before we speak. Hear what others are saying before we reserve judgement. We can’t jump to conclusions. We need to choose love over hate, love over fear. Don’t fear those that are different. Choose love! Choose love over and over. You can’t go wrong when you choose love.
Tear down the walls this world tries to build. Choose Love.
“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.”
“Love seeks only the good of the one loved.”
~ Thomas Merton
When you think of Muslims or the LGBT community, do you choose to love your neighbor as yourself or do you try and see if they are worthy of love first. Do you seek the good of your Muslim or LGBT neighbor or do you run in fear?
Tear down the walls: Choose love.
Now when I say choose love, I am not saying you have to agree with everybody, hey you don’t even have to agree with me, but one thing I do know, when we are run by fear or hate or even vengeance over love, people won’t have the opportunity to see the love that God has for them through us.
Just remember, we love because… He first loved us. How would you feel if God treated you the way you treat others?
Tear down the walls: Choose love so that the Word of God can be shared everywhere.
Thanks Brandon for this reminder today!