We’re taking this month to explore the themes of social justice and love. Both of these concepts are instrumental in working towards a multicultural worship experience, so we’re walking through what it means to love God and others as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). Read the introduction to the series here and how to love like Christ loves here.
When we effectively hear the heart of God and learn to love as Christ loves, we also learn to love our immediate context.
Hating our immediate context comes easy to us at times. We hate where we work. We’re untrusting of our neighbors. We don’t like the busyness of our stores or banks or gyms. We dislike people from certain cultures. We aren’t fully satisfied with the direction (or lack of direction) of our church.
These are constants in our lives, and it is hard to fight them when we get in this funk.
However, learning to love like Christ loves will give us new eyes and a new heart for our immediate context.
To effectively love others and our context, we must learn to love as Christ loves. This love is an important principle and necessary for any change we wish to see in working towards God’s will of multicultural worship in our churches.
Any change begins with the actions of one individual moved by God. Learning to love as Christ loves helps us love our context. This byproduct will give us a change of heart that opens our hearts and minds towards loving others that we were previously annoyed with, scared of, or simply disliked.
To put it in more blunt terms, loving as Christ loves gets rid of our prejudices. A church without prejudice is a church that understands how to love. Many churches will say they understand how to love, but they lack the actual motivation of love, or they don’t know how to implement love fully in their context.
Loving our context is our immediate goal after learning to love as Christ loves.
What do you think? Write in your journal as you’re thinking along with us and share some ideas or concerns in the comments.