Monday, July 15, 2013
Make Love Not War
Make Love Not War!
I'm resurrecting that theme.
Too many people are sooooooo cranky, contentious, combative, cruel, and other pejorative traits beginning with the same letter.
Sooooooo whenever I'm around 'em, I'm gonna listen a while and then say, "Make Love Not War!"
I didn't come up with that.
While one of the two Beatles with a socially responsible brain made it popular with Mind Games in 1973, it goes back to the 60s and was used often by those opposed to what proved to be a very senseless and wasteful use of American lives in Vietnam.
Parenthetically, I often wonder if history is repeating itself with the new fools in D.C. when it comes to...
Anyway, proving some good things come out of Chicago, "Make Love Not War" buttons were popularized in the windy city as they were distributed by the thousands for the Mother's Day Peace March in 1965.
I think that's when it became really, uh, maybe, for some, popular; or, minimally, recognized.
Essentially, it kinda meant sex is better than fighting and peace is better than war.
Or as Benjamin Button would say, "Absolutely!"
I'll never forget the redneck in WSNC who came up to me after worship in the mid-80s and complained, "You preach too much about love and Jesus."
Response: "I didn't know I was supposed to preach about anything else."
While some can say I'm wrong while America clings to its decreasing liberties, that's how I've always preached and will preach until death or assassination.
Make no mistake about it, I'm all for the original meaning of the phrase.
Sex within its Biblical boundaries is, uh, great!
O.K., for you heathens, it's not bad outside of...
It's certainly better than those c words above.
Yet, I've decided to use the phrase in a slightly more spiritual way.
Again, while being all for the original meaning, I'm more and more and more into the really original meaning of love through the eyes of Jesus: praying and working for the highest good for others regardless of who, what, where, when, or even why without the need or expectation for response, regard, or reward.
Tozer: "The church's mightiest influence is felt when she is different from the world in which she lives."
In other words, I'm gonna start saying "Make Love Not War" whenever the witting or unwitting accomplices of darkness start behaving in concert with those c words more than Christ.
I don't expect everyone to get it/Him.
Obviously, too many people remain frigidly polemical.
Read that again.
I have no illusions about waging a successful "Make Love Not War" campaign in society or even church where folks should know/act better.
It's gonna take a lot more than some pseudo-pandering-to-selfishness-masquerading-as-Christianity mantra like the power of positive thinking, possibility thinking, name-it-and-claim-it-and-declare-it drooling nonsense.
It's gonna take...Jesus.
It's gonna take His kinda love: invitational, socio-economically inclusive, welcoming, merciful, forgiving, restoring, selfless, sacrificial, compassionate, caring, and...
Catch the drift?
If not, open your Bible and start reading the red letters.
Blessings and Love!