For years, I’ve heard people (usually much older than myself) stand at a pulpit and shake their frustrated fists at the world, preaching about the failings of our society. Sitting in the sermon I hear how far my generation is from God, how twisted our mindsets are, and how much we need Jesus. The sermon is typically concluded with the statement that Jesus is the only answer to fix my generation. While I do wholeheartedly believe in the redeeming and miraculous power of God, I would like to offer a different solution that involves the church taking action.
I’m so tired of being told that my generation is broken. I’m tired of the generations that preceded me telling me how terrible Millennials and Generation X are. The church’s constant condemnation of society is not doing anything to fix it. Just saying that Jesus is the answer and then stepping back is not fixing society. If you want to see society change invest in the lives of people. Find a student who is broken, a student living in sin, and instead of shaming them and judging them, love them. Loving them in their sin speaks much louder.
Love always speaks louder.
Jesus led so well in this action. Throughout the Gospels we see Jesus hanging out with tax collectors and prostitutes, the “unlovable” of that time. The Pharisees were appalled by the lifestyle of these people, but Jesus saw past their sin. He saw people who needed to be loved in their mess. No, Jesus did not let them stay in their mess. He loved them too much for that, but he didn’t shame them. He didn’t throw a list of do’s and don’ts in their face. He loved them. He loved them even at the risk of them not loving him back.
To see real revival, we as the church should genuinely love the “unlovable.”
Love the forgotten. Love the foreigner. Love the lady who wants an abortion. Love the student who is currently trying to change their gender. Love those who insult you. Love everyone.
Loving people is not always easy. It’s a choice and it takes work. Church let’s love before we judge.
As cliché as it might sound, love really can change the world.