I would be really annoyed if someone started an organization, called it group of Tulani and called themselves Tulanians and then said that they believed in what I believed in but supported things that were completely opposed to my character, started programs that I would not have and made up quotes that sounded nothing like what I would say and kept slapping my name on the end of it.
I love the visual arts, particularly painting and dance. I like movies and Broadway shows. I like to travel and meet new people. I am not very patient nor tolerant when being restrained to see or hear something that I am not interested in. I really enjoy shopping- for just about anything except anything technical and I even like shopping for others. I like decorating and science, but like to learn science on my own terms and I like to read occasionally, but only highly specific topics of interest that are non-fiction. (Feel free to reply with your bio too:-)
So imagine that the Tulaniains were a group of technical folks who enjoyed building robots; who did not believe that art should be a part of everyone’s life and did not believe in supporting programs that allowed for creative artistic expression. Imagine that they did not believe that traveling was interesting, wrote quotes and books about such beliefs and then said that they represented me.
You get my point.
It seems that many organizations these days have forgotten the character of the primary person they represent. One in particular is the church and its modern representation of the character of Christ. Since this blog is about love… and the truth, the fact is that discussing the issue of church and love is inevitable since Christ’s character is what defines love and the church is his body.
Love is a process that we all are discovering together. There is likely not a person alive (besides one who openly believes in hate as the way to live) who would say that love is not the highest of human virtues worthy of attaining. However, love can be defined as many things and can be classified into many types. But generally, I am talking about the love that is shown and not felt as an emotion, the love that is when someone sacrifices their own needs, wants and desires for the better of another; The love that desires for others what we desire for ourselves. Love that is tolerant because we know that we are not without fault and love that does not judge because we know that it hurts when others judge us and that there is always someone more disciplined or righteous who could point at us. Love that generously cares for others no matter who they are, without a selfish motive; Love that does not choose one over the other for any reason. Love that doesn’t require hierarchies or high position. Love that doesn’t need recognition nor accolades to continue. Love that gets knocked down and gets back up again to love.
Now, am I pointing the finger at the unloving? I hope not. I want to acknowledge where we should be in our hearts as those who choose to love and agree as a community of folks who believe in love how we should treat one another and others.
My hope is that the body of Christ who we know as the church should have the ideal of his character as the desire for their character as well, but I fear that many would disagree that the church has done a good job through history in representing who Christ actually is. His story has been taught. The rituals and rich text has been taught and hearing that alone I believe can be life changing, however, there should be a face that is seen in the forefront of every church and that is the face of Christ- the face of love. If that forefront face does not look like his, than maybe some organizations may need to consider a name change.
There are many historical, geological and secret societies, but if there is to be a group that calls itself the church, then love should be evident to those around it.
People aren’t buying it anymore. Either it is or it aint, and if it aint, it isn’t too late to figure it out and change.