SILENCE = CONSENT

Lil’ Bit About Love

If half of the black folks who say they are Christians would actually behave like Christ, the community wouldn’t be as fucked up as it is.  We go to church, we speak in tongues, and we dance and shout.  We’re bought with the blood, filled with the Holy Ghost and that with fire, speaking in unknown tongues…..bless God.  We know so much about God we can’t be told anything.  So when they are rebuked or challenged, they automatically get a vicious attitude.

Most church folk are stiff-necked, hard-hearted, mean-spirited, arrogant, elitist, racist, sexist, homophobic, money-grubbing, greedy, stingy people (if you don’t believe me, be openly SGL in church).  But they are yet holding up the blood stained banner, and living holy for the Lord.  And they are going to Heaven ANYHOW.  There’s no question that they love God.  At least I believe they do.  In fact, they love God so much, they will go to the polls and try to vote discrimination into law, and call it standing for Christian values.  Not even realizing that they are “throwed-the-hell-off.”  They believe they are doing the right thing, but Jesus wouldn’t behave that way if He were here today.

They say they know the “Word of God,” but with their actions, they display that something is wrong with their relationship.  OH YES!  It happens.  One can truly know the Word, yet their relationship be off base.

It’s time for so-called Christians to know that Christianity is not a religion at all, but it IS a relationship.  Christianity is a spiritual love affair between you and God that Jesus Christ died to provide.  And I don’t care how many laws you keep, how many rules you know, how many scriptures you can quote, if your love for God can’t be seen in how you treat others, something is WRONG with your relationship.  In other words…Boo, you throwed-the-hell-off!

The tell tale sign of this “throwed-the-hell-off” relationship is the myth of “love the sinner, hate the sin” and how it’s displayed.  I can’t count how many times I’ve heard, “we love you, but we hate the fact that you’re gay.”  How can you love ME…as a whole person, yet hate a part of what makes me who I am?  It’s like they don’t even realize that their actions will display the nature of their relationship with God.

You can tell the depth of their spirituality by looking at what they do.  If people who call themselves Christians are acting a fool, yet on the other hand are telling you that they love you…believe what they are showing you.  And believe them the first time they show you.  Why?  Because there is a certain way that love behaves.

The Bible says,

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, 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.  Love never fails.”

And then goes on to say,

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”

If you really look at this passage, you will see that love does what it does, because it is what it is.  Let me break it down…

Love IS patient…so it exercises patience.  Love IS kind…so it shows kindness.  Love DOES NOT ENVY OR BOAST…because it IS NOT envious or boastful.  Love IS NOT proud, rude or self-seeking…so it DOES NOT act arrogant, rude, or selfishly.  Love IS NOT easily angered…so it does not blow up and throw tantrums.  Love keeps no record of wrongs…because it IS forgiving.  Love DOES NOT delight in evil…because it IS NOT evil.  Love rejoices in truth…because IT IS the truth.  Love ALWAYS protects, trusts, hopes and preserves…because IT IS a protector, IT IS trustworthy, IT IS hopeful, IT IS preserving.  And finally, love never fails…because IT IS eternal.  That means it won’t die.  It doesn’t leave.  It can’t be killed.  Love endures.

Today, more and more we are seeing people who are so religious and pious, and they think they are showing love to the world, yet they are deceived.  And right now, God is calling for people who will stand up and personify what love really is.  He’s calling people forward who are strong enough who can stand up and say to them…Boo, you throwed-the-hell off!

So the next time someone says that they love you, yet they are showing you something that doesn’t resemble love’s character…boo, they throwed-the-hell off!  So if you say you love someone, something about your personality and actions should resemble God’s love.

Another thing I’d like to interject right here…I HATE when people say things like “I want someone to love me unconditionally.”  Based on what the Bible says love is and does…Love IS unconditional.  It seeks nothing of itself.  It expects nothing in return.  Love in and of itself is unconditional.  Love’s essence is unconditional.  You can’t put conditions on love.  If you can, or do…it’s not love at all.

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