Friday, July 22, 2011
HOW LOVE WINS - Part Six
Love must not be reduced to a simple, emotional, sentimental thought about or reaction toward another. Love, at times (not always), might inspire certain emotions of this sort but, let’s be clear, the emotions themselves are not love and will not always be present when love exists. Let me emphasize, we must not reduce (or redefine) love in this way. A great disservice is done to God and His kingdom (not to mention the vast number of deceived humans) when we carelessly promote the idea that forgiveness of sin and “acceptance” of sinners is based on a sentimental pity God experiences toward the guilty. The love of God that is in operation behind the plan of redemption is a willful resolve to purpose and promote the highest good possible. This involves the well-being of those created in His image and the universe of created and non-created entities. Love, when addressing the issue of providing a way to pardon the guilty, involves great complexity. Inspired by love, God devised a plan of redemption that had to consider and give attention to various governmental complexities. Such governmental complexities and responsibilities are the reason for the necessity of the atonement and requirement of the guilty to exercise genuine repentance toward God and faith in the Person and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. In the series articles to come, we will consider the governmental complexities and responsibilities referred to above. We will, as well, consider why love necessitates atonement, repentance and faith. Beware, these are weighty issues that the Christian community (especially Christian spokesmen, leaders, pastors, teachers, etc.) must be able to communicate if we are to avoid reducing the gospel to an impotent declaration of Christianized religious humanism.