In the video Church Pew or Barstool Clayton Jennings asks several compelling questions and poses some conclusions, the first being Where's The Love? He surmises that sometimes there is more love on a barstool than we will find in a church after telling a story about an alcoholic friend of his who had a bad experience in a church.
He concludes that we are all in need of love, "we are just people, people in need of love". This is an obvious point but how many times have we Christians missed this point? It's not how another person looks, smells or how many tattoo's they have, it's about how we react toward our fellow human beings, with judgement, love or hatred.
Jesus made a couple major points about this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself and By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another. A great question here is exactly what did he mean by "love"? Some define it much differently than others, unconditional love, passionate love, tough love, Barry White love and so forth.
How about the way a pregnant woman has to be during her nine months or so of pregnancy, the emotional and physical changes she endures, or the man who has to defend his family physically even if he suffers harm, isn't that love? Of course it is, but real true love as defined by For God so loved the world not only involves physical pain, it involves dealing with folks who may be considered a pain in the ass. (Yes that's a biblical word). Let that one sink in.
I've got more for you this Wednesday night at Real Talk Recovery, but all it takes is one read of 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 to understand that giving love is just as important as receiving it, in fact it may be the key to understanding love fully....and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And in verse 7, Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Where's the love? It's in all ways and it's always not just on the days or in the situations we feel like we want to.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.