In our efforts to make Jesus easier to accept sometimes we dilute the true mission He calls us to join.
People are like pendulums reacting against one extreme by swinging to another. As Christians we are not immune to such trends in our human nature. For generations the church was a hyper controlling, ultra conservative entity focused on modesty and propriety. Love was not a major theme merely the proverbial spoon full of sugar to help the rules and regulations go down.
Out of fear of being associated with the angry gospel of the church that was love has been and is often viewed as a blissful emotion with flower blossoms, sun shine, and rainbows bursting forth from a Jesus who is more like great big Care Bear then an almighty God. True love doesn’t fit on a Valentine’s card. It is a strong and powerful force that breaks down barriers and transforms lives in a way that cannot be ignored. Love is not a happy song from a big purple dinosaur. It is a raw, dynamic force to be reckoned with. Love is like dynamite: it is powerful and if mishandled it can have destructive consequences.