What can separate us from Christ’s love?
(That’s what this is all about, isn’t it?)
Can ugly blog comments and twitter wars? Can fear? Can misinterpretation of scripture? Can disagreements within and outside the church? Can honesty and theology and splits and culture and government? Can decisions and reversals? Can any of this change God’s love?
Somebody once said that because of Jesus we would all just line up and be killed, and now it looks like we’re killing each other.
But they were wrong. Or at least, they will be.
Because in all of these situations, in everything that is happening now and in everything that will happen, we (all of us) are already victorious because of Jesus’ love for us.
If I know anything I know this:
No status: not death or life or sexuality or gender or race
No entity: not angels or governments or theologians or churches or contraceptives or organizations or corporations or Christian celebrities
No event: not laws that are made or ever will be made, not church splits, not Supreme court cases or standoffs in the blogosphere, nothing that is happening now or that ever will happen
NO POWER AT ALL
Not even location: not the Bible belt or Las Vegas, not Amsterdam or Pakistan or the middle of the Indian Ocean
In fact, nothing at all that we can create to try to get in the way-
Nothing can separate us (any of us) from the love of God.
Any of us. From Richard Stearns to Franklin Graham, from Rachel Held Evans to John Piper, from me to my gay brother.
None of us can escape the love of God.
If this is Love, perhaps we should begin to practice it.
As I tried to fall asleep last night, the remnants of abrasive tweets and controversial blogs I had just read drifting through my thoughts, the words of Romans 8:35-39 started repeating in my head. As a thought-experiment, I read them as if they had been written about the current circumstances in American Christianity. This is what I came up with.
**EDIT** As you may have heard by now, World Vision has reversed their controversial decision to allow employment of gay and lesbian Christians. Perhaps even more so now, I need to hear these words.