We are equals in God's eyes and so we need to learn to live in this way

Busted by Black Eyed Peas (BEP) is worth listening to, word by word, as it has a very profound message.

James, one of the members of BEP, says "if you only have love for your own race, then you only leave space to discriminate". How true is that? How easy is it for us to struggle to love just because someone is different, in appearance, abilities, or viewpoints?

We see the same issue being discussed in Luke 6:32-36:

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you?

"Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."

I am by no means suggesting that those who are different than us are our enemies. We only have one enemy and that is evil. What this passage challenges us to do is to love where it's not easy to love.

When we love only those who look, think or act like us "then [we] only leave room to discriminate". It seems then, that love, lives up to its name when it is shared, in a place where it is hard to share; when it is given to someone who's behavior makes it hard to love; when it is not reserved solely for those who share our political views; when it is freely given despite any physical differences observed.

This is particularly important right now, in a time when social media has become a platform of polarization. Be careful not to fall for the tension; to not to get swept away by emotionally-heightened disputes. When it comes to political differences, it is true that "love without truth is a lie" but it is also true that "truth without love is ineffective". Meaning that, if we want to make the world a better place, we need to love.

It is important for us to be able to separate people from their actions; to love the person while not supporting their actions if these actions are harmful.

So, I encourage us to seek bridges, not divides; to treasure the similarities rather than highlight differences. Embrace the human that holds these differences and find love for that person. Let's expand our bubble of community so that we can connect with people who aren't like us and work to rid ourselves of prejudices that we may be holding.

We are equals in God's eyes and so we need to learn to live in this way.

We are sure to struggle and so, let's not forget that He doesn't expect us to do it perfectly, let alone on our own. It may initially sound silly but, we can learn to "delight in [this] weakness … For when [we] are weak, then [we] are strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10) because "[His] power is perfected in [our] weakness." (2 Corinthians 12: 9).

Allow Him to show you how He sees you so that He can more easily show you how He sees the people around you. Have Him fill up your cup, so it overflows with Love for others.

With Love,

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