The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6b NIV)
On consecutive days last weekend, a large group of Americans turned out in different cities to demonstrate for what they believe in. The March for Life on Friday, the 18th, saw tens of thousands support the right to life for the preborn. Self-interest was not the motivation for the many who traveled the long distance to brave the cold in the nation’s capital. Love was the reason.
Saturday, the 19th, witnessed massive numbers of women marching in major U.S. cities. Female celebrities’ speeches and the signs carried a message that no one would confuse with love. If love was their motive, they would have been in D.C. on Friday, standing for their unborn sisters.
The love on Saturday was the fawning media’s coverage as opposed to media’s involvement in the hatred that boiled over for students of a private catholic school in Covington, Kentucky. Seems that a fake news story about a group of the school’s teens at Friday’s event stirred hatred and threats from across the country, so many in fact, that the school needed armed-guard protection for classes this week.
In the Crosshairs
So where’s the love? Love is in the crosshairs because those who preach about tolerance also shout hate. Today Jews and Catholics are publicly despised, but tomorrow it will be all who call themselves Jesus’ followers. Fear not dear Christian brother and sister, because love never fails.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:6-8a)
To commemorate the life of a man who knew full well about violence, the recent M. L. King annual holiday was celebrated in America. Who better than Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood what was provoked by exposing hypocrisy and a demonstration for equal justice under the law? For Dr. King, his actions provoked an assassin peering through the crosshairs and pulling a trigger. This giant-figure in American history also understood love’s power, because he saw it overcome hostile threats, fire hoses, police brutality and ignorance, to change minds. In speeches, Dr. King exhorted the faithful, since it was natural to grow weary in the struggle. He often put it like this:
“You can beat us with clubs, burn our churches, attack us with your dogs, and put us in jail but we will still love you. Yet be assured of this, we will wear you down with our love.”
Change comes at a price
Hearts are only changed by love, but for hate to be defeated a price must be paid. The Covington Catholic students now know something about that.
For love to shine, hate must be exposed.
Love walked with three young Hebrews in the fiery furnace. Love shut the lion’s mouth. Love hung on a cross. Irresistible force that it is, love never fails. (Quote from unknown source.)