"A new commandement I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this people will know that you are my disciples; if you have love for one another"
I have always felt that I want to stand for something bigger. I want to fight for something, I want to have a cause. I want to rock the world and then have someone put it down in a history book. It doesn't have to have my name on it, I just want to be part of it.
Clearly, I needed to be born in the sixties.
In today's society, believing in something, anything really, brings ridicule. I don't have a rationale reason for why this happens, but it does. It's a difficult time to want to be revolutionary. It's an even more difficult time to be part of a religion- you're representing yourself and all the mistakes of the people who believe anything similar to you.
Many believers feel the need to share the message in one way or another. It may be hell-preaching, it may be shunning the rest of the world, or it may even be street drama (I've done that last one, by the way). But sometimes, it takes on an even more dramatic turn.
Last year, a Pastor threatened to burn a number of religious books that follow a religion that was not christianity. Somewhere else in the world, another followed a play that showed the horror story of a boy who was killed for being gay, and that pastor brought people with him to tell gay people they were going to hell. Even another stood up and robbed people of their hard earned money and placed in right into his pocket. These people claim to share my faith, but they do not understand it.
Yeshua is love. He taught that it was crucial to show one another love. It was his ultimate message. And it is the greatest cause that anyone can ever represent. What these men are doing not only dismantles the message, but drags down all of the faith and hurts us all.
I hope that you understand this message- I stand for love, the I'm willing to stand up for it to the death- one day, it will revolutionize the world, and it will change the history books forever. But I hope that one day, these others, who haven't figured out that hell fire and brimstone have to be in context will come to their senses.
Until then, I will pray for them, and those they hurt, to realize the truth about why the Messiah came to save us.