I mean, she's stunning! And sweet. And smart. And funny. And loyal. And devoted. And talented.
Can you blame me?
The kids who leave evangelical Protestantism are looking for something the world can’t give them. The world can give them hotter jeans, better coffee, bands, speakers, and book clubs -than a congregation can. What it can’t give them is theology; membership in a group that transcends time, place and race; a historic rootedness; something greater than themselves; ordained men who will be spiritual leaders and not merely listeners and buddies and story-tellers. What the kids leaving generic evangelicalism seem to want is something the world can never give them–a holy Father who demands reverence, a Saviour who requires careful worship, and a Spirit who must be obeyed. They are looking for true, deep, intellectually robust spirituality in their parents’ churches and not finding it.
Technical advances have given us unprecedented possibilities for interaction between people and nations. But the globalization of these relationships will be positive and help the world to grow in humanity only if it is founded on love rather than on materialism. Love is the only thing that can fill hearts and bring people together. God is love. When we forget God, we lose hope and become unable to love others. Dear friends, never forget that the first act of love that you can do for others is to share the source of our hope. If we do not give them God, we give them too little!
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:1-7
If I have the smoothest voice, the hippest hair stylist, and the skinniest jeans, but I don’t love my brothers and sisters in Christ, I am nothing better than a drum set out of tune. If I can incorporate current events into a sermon while balancing an iPad in one hand and a latte in the other, but I don’t really love the people who hear me, nothing I say matters. If I talk about all the ministries I do and all the people I serve but I can’t love the person next to me, all my work is useless. Love lets people learn at their own pace. Love demonstrates itself without wanting something in return. Love doesn’t think itself better than anyone else. Love is never ugly toward others, avoids cliques, doesn’t retaliate, and doesn’t hold a grudge. Love loves Truth, the real deal, not a superficial experience without substance. Love endures through hard times knowing Hope is real, Truth endures, and the Substance of the Creator is forever.