One of my good friends in the entertainment world, who I’ll refer to as D, could not be more opposite of me. D is a comedian with Second City, an avowed atheist, and his political and social views differ from mine to the extreme.
Yet, D is also one of the best examples of Christ-like love that I know.
On many occasions, I have told him he reminds me of Christ and, in his own unique and eloquent way, he responds with, “The rebellious, loving, passionate, giving, authority-challenging, and mercy-to-the-poor side of Jesus I dig… it’s the “God” stuff I am not onboard with.” I am praying he comes around to this side as well.
He has a huge heart for the hurting, the downtrodden, the outcasts of society. He routinely volunteers his time in shelters, hospitals, mosques, and with charities to show people they are loved and not forgotten. His heart has been desperately hurting recently regarding the growing racial division in our country. He is Caucasian, but often marches in protests and attends rallies for African-American issues and women’s rights. In other words, D is investing his time, energy and money into the people he feels empathy and compassion towards.
D not only talks about it or posts about it on social media… he lives it. The passion in his heart moves him to action and he is making a tangible difference in people’s lives. If D, an unbeliever, is moved to action by his passions, how much more so should I, as one who has experienced the true and only Hope for the hurting?
I believe the past few years in our country has been a downward spiral of division. We see it more and more every day. And, recent displays of hate and violence have me concerned about the country I am leaving to my four-year-old son.
If we truly believe that the love of Christ is the answer for the challenges we are facing, we need to put our beliefs in action. Let’s pray that God will show us opportunities and open doors for us to be the extended hand of Christ’s love in a world of hate. Only love casts out hate. And, we have the perfect example of true love living inside of all of us. Let’s share that love with our words and be moved and motivated to show that love to the hurting around us.
This Sunday, September 3, we will sing about Christ’s love with these songs: