Divided we Fall: Where is The Love?

Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity. Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity.  Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity “Where is the love” The Black Eyed Peas
2006 17th stanza

In a nation divided among imaginary lines of Ideology, class, gender, ethnicity, skin color, etc., the temptation exists to run away with any one of the many sound bites. These sound bites outline a season of politics that stands as nothing more than a dog and pony show to see who can win the next ratings cycle among the various network and broadcast news outlets. Also let’s not forget the tabloid and reality TV that reinforces characachers and stereotypes that give image to the imagery in society. All this exist as a contrary force to the reconciliation that unity in Christ brings.

This post is not written with the design of eliminating creativity, free thought or to undermine the free enterprise system. The single greatest question is where the love?

“He said, Son of man, do you see what the elders are doing here in the dark”(every man in his chambers of imagery kjv), each one before his favorite god-picture? They tell themselves, ‘God doesn’t see us. God has forsaken the country.” Ezekiel 8:12 The Message (MSG)

The love of God is the truth and Ideologies; though they may be sprinkled with good ideas become Idols, when they replace love with division, prejudice and even racism. The chambers of our mind are fed by information. The bible says

“But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.” Daniel 12:4 (New Living Translation)

However, with all of this knowledge, things don’t seem to be getting better in our society. The concept of valuing “information over people” is the greatest source of idolatry because we embrace the storyline over  people (Imago Dei) made in the image of God. The college football coaching Icon Woody Hayes said that “we win with people”, not with ideology.

Imagery is the result of information that is projected onto a surface or a meme influencing thought. We supersede love by using an information system i.e. cultural lens or worldview that opposes it.  Therefore, too often we paint a value of good or bad, right or wrong on to the surface of another’s skin pigmentation, gender, income level, occupation or denomination etc.  All of these are external but love is internal. In such a time when Christ’s followers should be, in Moses like fashion on the high ground of authenticity upon Mount Sinai; many times we as Christ’s followers find ourselves in the valley of hypocrisy, building the Golden calves of Egypt. In the Old Testament, Egypt represents the systems of the world i.e. dog eat dog.

“The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way – never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (The Message)   

Where is the Love? The answer may rest in our hearts. As we make the decision to love first and characterize later. We may find that there is no need for the latter.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1                         

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2 Responses to “Divided we Fall: Where is The Love?”
  1. Well said. It’s so true that our allegiance to cultural ideologies directly opposes Love. I wrote about this from a social psychological perspective here: http://wp.me/p24RtQ-3g.

    There’s hope in the truth that while cultural idolatry is a powerful force in its own right, Love is a ferocious protector of all that is good and in the end, Love will win.

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