“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Jesus (Matthew 22:37, 39 NASB)
There are two very specific events found in the month of February: Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. Another way of looking at these themes is through the lenses of social justice and love.
How do these two themes interact?
Love leads the individual to work towards social justice. Why? Because love is found only in God. When we as a people learn to love like God loves, we become effective champions of God’s heart in this world.
This means we will work towards proper relations between cultures.
This means we will be open to others different from us.
This means we will stand tall in the face of adversity for the love of our neighbor.
Without love, we cannot be effective in our social justice. Without love, we cannot enter into the multicultural worship experience that Christ desires.
We’ve seen what the lack of love does. Our history as human beings is littered with racial hatred. The foundation of all social injustice is a complete lack of love. Christ’s attitude found in this passage of scripture allows us to glimpse our created design. We were meant to love one another. We were meant to worship God in a multicultural environment.
The only problem is that we fail at loving our neighbors as ourselves.
How do we correct that? We’ll be taking this month to explore this question and the idea of how social justice flows from a Godly love.
Join us as we seek God’s heart for a multicultural church and look at ways that allow us to better align our hearts with God and find practical ways to love others as ourselves. The hope for this month is that we’ll be closer to God and closer to our neighbor.
Keep a journal and walk with us as we explore God’s heart. Write down your thoughts and share them with us in the comments. Also, join the conversation on twitter @unifiedbyone.