All in Redeeming Love

The Heart Wants What It Wants

Recently, a firestorm erupted when Jason Thomas shared to Facebook a letter he had received from his church one year ago. The letter, detailing reasons for his removal from active church membership, cited Jason’s departure from core beliefs of the church since he had chosen to pursue a homosexual lifestyle. 

As is the case in today’s cultural climate, reactions online covered the gamut of emotions, from outrage and hatred, to shock and disbelief, to support and understanding. And once again, one hotly debated topic became the nature of love, namely Christian love. Had the church acted in an unloving manner? According to the world, this answer is an unequivocal “yes”; the church, however, has a different take on the situation.

So This is Love...

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”  1 John 4:7-8

Last June, the Supreme Court came to an historical and game-changing decision when it ruled that gay marriage is a constitutional right. In one fell swoop, SCOTUS redefined the nature of marriage in the United States. Within hours, social media erupted with the hashtag #lovewins, which quickly became the anthem of celebration for those supporting gay marriage. Even today, #lovewins represents a culture war in which traditional morals and values clash with a society that embraces an amoral, anti-Christian worldview.