This week Armageddon is expected in and around St. Louis, Missouri. This dire forecast is based on the impending Grand Jury report as to whether the policeman who shot the teenager in Ferguson back in August should be tried in a court of law for murder. Since few expect the man to be indicted, cities all across America are bracing for civil unrest (i.e. riots, destruction of property etc). I only bring this story up because it represents the illogic of those whose motivation is hate and whose purpose centers around payback for an apparent miscarriage of justice.
There are four major motivators in life; hate, greed, fear and love. Isn't it interesting that three of these are contrary to what God wants and commands His people to do? Hate and greed have motivated emperors, dictators and terrorists to wage wars, commit genocide, destroy people's lives and make the chasm between the haves and the have-nots as wide as the Grand Canyon.
The Bible is full of records where nations rise against other nations and kingdoms rise and fall. The Old Testament is filled with accounts of wars and atrocities committed against innocent people, including God's people. Joshua was instructed to physically destroy the heathen inhabiting the Promised Land. King Saul was replaced by David because he didn't destroy the entire enemy and kept back some of the spoils for himself. King David was a mighty warrior who slew Goliath with a slingshot among his exploits.
For anyone with eyes to see, there is a profound change in EVERYTHING relating to politics, physical warfare and society starting with Jesus and continuing through the entire New Testament. There are no records of physical warfare, revolts against governments, walking picket lines to protest social injustice etc in the entire New Testament. Jesus taught there is a new and greater law that is far better than hate, greed and fear. Of course this new law is the law of love.
When reading 1 Corinthians 13 it is plainly apparent that there is no room for anger, greed, selfishness, arrogance or doing anything to hurt someone if love is present. When Peter cut off the ear of the guard trying to apprehend Jesus, he was reproved by Jesus who said he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword . Jesus taught to us to love our enemies, bless those who persecute us and refuse to get drug into the hate filled and anger driven mentality of the world.
Love is that which separates us Christians apart from the world. Love is that which fulfills the calling we have to live on a higher plain than the world operates on. Love allows us to manifest who Christ is and what Christ did through giving his life as the sacrifice for sin. Love manifested through forgiveness enables us to live as Christ would have lived if He were physically alive today. Only love can soothe, calm down and resolve conflicts. Only love can mend the broken hearts of people destroyed by the world. Only love can cover a multitude of sins.