This morning, I was watching Good Morning America. They had a lot of 4th of July segments. The one segment that stuck with me was a commercial/video that was made with John Cena speaking in it. It was a 4th of July video about patriotism, but in the end “love” was the main character of this video. What he said was short but powerful.
He said something along the lines of “The 4th of July, we celebrate Patriotism, but it is also a day we celebrate Love… love beyond race, age, disabilities, sexuality and religion.” I might have left some things out, but you get the point. In the background you saw a Hindu hugging a Muslim, Black hugging White, Christian hugging Muslim, so on and so forth.
I don’t know how many of you remember the old Schoolhouse Rock cartoons. There was one called the “Melting Pot”. It talked about the great American melting pot. This country was founded by immigrants, we are a country of all races, cultures, religions and beliefs. We have been for centuries. However, over the past centuries we have fought against each other’s races, religions, and cultures. We have harbored a lot of hatred. Love is better than hatred.
I just read the book, “Love Beyond Reason” by John Ortberg. He talks about our raggedness. He talks about how God loves our raggedness. How he loves his “Rag Dolls”. See, the author talks about how is sister was fond of and loved her rag doll, “Pandy.” Pandy was a part of the family. Eventually Pandy was unrecognizable and his sister didn’t want her anymore. She traded her for a boyfriend. Well, the Mom couldn’t throw her away, so she wrapped Pandy up in a box and kept her. When his sister was married, she had her third child and it was a girl. She took Pandy out of the box, got her fixed up and gave it to her daughter, who kept her and loved her for another 15 years.
See, we are like “Pandy”. We are ragged. We have faults. We do bad things, we are lonely and the list goes on. But God still loves us. Let’s go beyond that…. Jesus came to love the raggedness, the most ragged, unrecognizable, unlovable people on the planet. He loved them. We are called to do the same. I know I have written about it a lot, but “love” is so powerful. In the world, there is a lot of hate and not enough love. There are even Christians that are so hateful. As Christians, we should be able to love beyond race, religion, sexuality, disabilities, age, and whatever else that comes to mind.
We should love beyond others raggedness. Love Beyond Reasons. Let’s try to look past their skin color, sexuality, religion, disabilities, diseases, faults and age. Love others.
Love Beyond Reason…. Love Beyond…. Love