In 1965, Jackie DeShannon released a song entitled What the World Needs Now Is Love. In the midst of the social turmoil that erupted during the 1950’s and 1960’s, one can easily understand the basis for such a song during that era.
Deshannon emphasized the need for greater love in the world at-large, but her message also applies specifically to the Church of Christ. In a day when one’s doctrine and/or political views can either cause isolation or assimilation into a particular Christian culture, love appears to be lost in many evangelical settings.
In my latest book The Hardest Thing For Christians To Do, I strive to communicate the reality that believers should focus on treating one another the way Jesus told His disciples to (see John 13:34-35). According to Christ, it is not our conservative views or bashing of homosexuals that identify us as believers; it is our love for one another that marks the true Christian.
Below is an excerpt from the book:
“Why don’t we ever get excited to see our brothers and sisters when we all are constantly at war against the world, the flesh, and the devil? Shouldn’t we be more enthusiastic about fellowshipping with those who are on the same team as us, fighting for the same cause? We need to remind ourselves that we are all we have. The world does not care about us. In fact, most unbelievers repudiate the Church. This should not surprise us considering the warning Jesus gave to His disciples:
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:18-19)
We are on the same team, following the same Lord, promoting the same gospel message. In light of this truth, there should be a clear and distinct difference between how Christians behave towards one another. Sadly, that distinction is many times either blurred or non-existent. This I know to be true.”
As you contemplate this passage, ask yourself how you measure up to the command of Christ to love your brothers and sisters in the Lord as Christ loves us.
God Bless You.