Love makes the world go ’round. Love songs move our hearts, and love moves people to heroic deeds. So, what is love? And what role does it play in everyday life?
The Bible says God is love (1 Jn. 4:8). The One who spoke the world into being, chose the color of your eyes, and holds the planets in place—is love. No wonder love stories move us. Love permeates creation.
Love is more than a feeling. True love reveals itself in action. It compels the pampered prince to take up his sword and fight the fire-breathing dragon to rescue his beloved. Love causes parents to set limits, consider homeschooling, and endure sulking to protect their children from possible danger. It sent Jesus to the cross to rescue us from sin and death (Jn. 15:13).
The Great Masquerade
No wonder the enemy of our souls works so hard to distort love. The Bible says Satan and his followers masquerade as angels of light (2 Cor. 11:13-14). In other words, they pretend to represent good. They pretend to care. But their concerned façade covers their endless appetite to “kill, steal, and destroy” (John 10:10).
Since God is love and God created us, it only makes sense He knows what harms and what heals. Today, those who seek to turn our moral values upside-down call themselves progressives. They hide their dark agendas behind legitimate causes such as anti-racism and anti-bullying. What better way to suck good people into evil causes? The Bible warns us not to be deceived.
Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:16-16 NIV).
God has no dark side. His values never change. He doesn’t condone today what He condemned yesterday. He sets limits, like every good parent, to protect us.God has no dark side. His values never change. He doesn’t condone today what He condemned yesterday. He sets limits, like every good parent, to #protect us. #discernment Click To Tweet
Is This Loving?
Here are some recent examples of movements disguised as light that steal, kill, and destroy.
The Family Research Council listed what some states are implementing in public education. Here are a few of their mentions:
- North Carolina: Some schools use the “Welcoming Schools” curriculum created by the Human Rights Campaign, which introduces very young children to transgender talking points, encouraging them to question their biological sex.
- Wisconsin: Madison public schools have a new policy allowing a girl or boy—of any age—to “transition to a different gender identity at school,” prohibiting teachers and staff from notifying parents and families.
- Texas: Austin schools use a curriculum that discourages using words like “mom” and “dad” to avoid terms that refer to exclusively “male” or “female” identities.
A friend told me that our county’s public schools are implementing pro-LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter curriculum. In case you didn’t know, Black Lives Matter is not a slogan promoting racial equality, it is an organized movement to tear down the morals and values our country was built on. Here are a couple of quotes from their website.
“We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege…”
I had to look up cisgender. Dictionary.com defines it as, “noting or relating to a person whose gender identity corresponds with that person’s biological sex assigned at birth.”
“We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).”
“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure…”
Our culture touts supporting these movements as loving. Take a moment and read Romans 1:21-32. LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter’s agendas follow the path it describes.
Love Is Discerning
Biblical love is discerning (Rom. 12:9). Jesus came in grace and truth. As God is love, Jesus is truth. Any thought or movement against God is anything but loving. It “steals, kills, and destroys.”
We live in a lost world. What are you doing to renew your mind against the pressure to blindly conform (Rom. 12:2)? Now more than ever we need God to grant us the courage to live and speak the truth in love.
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