A Nation of Love not Hate

“Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:10 ESV)

For the last couple of months this nation has forgotten who it is and what it stands for. Are we a nation of love or a nation of hate? Do we want to be the light or the darkness? You can turn to any news channel and you’ll see chaos and division. As we head towards the holidays you look around and you don’t feel the holiday love. Last time I checked the holiday season is supposed to be about peace and love.

Let’s take Christmas–a holiday that brings family together and is the story of the Savior’s birth. How can we love one and another when we have turn our backs from our Heavenly Father since He is love. “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8 ESV).

If you look at our political and civil right leaders you see that they want us to look to them for answers. One thing I don’t understand is that if we are supposed to look for answers in people, then why all the riots and chaos in Ferguson? That decision was made by people for the people. One thing is true that through all the chaos and riots there is always a light, and this nation forgets to award the goodness in people. The goodness in people is the one thing that brings hope back in this nation.

If you haven’t seen this viral picture you should stop and look at the emotion between 12-year-old Devonte Hart and Officer Bret Barnum. This picture is a sign of hope. Here we have a young man with a sign that says “free hugs” in Portland, Oregon. Let’s take this an extra step, since we have to look to skin color before we judge.

Here we have a young black man giving hugs and a white police officer comes up and takes on the offer to receive a hug. This powerful picture shows that this nation is so out of touch from love. A simple hug can bring much happiness to one person. If you don’t believe me, look at the picture again.

Also we have to remember that we are Americans, so stop judging people by their skin color. Martin Luther King Jr. said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” So stop with the division and share hope, love, and kindness since we are all Americans.

As we head towards the holiday season let love shine out. This nation is so hurt that has forgotten about each other. Be the bigger person and love each other. “Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV). Loving our neighbor is one basic teaching that we have forgotten to pass and it shows. You don’t have to be a religious person to see that this nation needs a double shot of love.

Just like our founding fathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  

We are all here to pursue happiness. How can we do that if all we do is focus on hate, not love? This holiday season all I ask is to focus on the positive and be the light of love and truth so we can turn this nation around.

Let’s send a message to our so-called leaders that this nation can’t be divided, because we can turn to love and we have the best teacher of love.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” ( 1 John 4:7 ESV)

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