Spectrum Perspectives: Love in Action
Adam Beckmeyer – Love is a subject engraved into our popular culture in almost uncountable ways. There are love songs, love poetry, movies about romance, books, and there isn’t a television show in existence which doesn’t at least give some implicit definition of the word. For me, though, the ultimate cultural reference that pops into my head when I think of love is Haddaway’s song “What is Love” which is convenient since I’m going to answer that very question right now.
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” – 1 John 4:10 (ESV)
Now what this means for how our love should look as humans is a very interesting topic – one I’ll discuss when I write later this week.
Adam Swensen: Love is an action. Because just saying you love someone doesn’t prove to anyone that you really do love them. Love proves to people that you care about them. Love does what it needs to make sure people know that they are loved. Jesus didn’t come down to Earth to simply tell people they were loved. He proved it to them by dying a criminal’s death so we could be seen as innocent in God’s eyes.
Tim Newton: We get love wrong a lot I think. And by “we”, I really do mean us – me and you and the people who go to church on Sunday and the people who don’t and the people who run our country and the people who live here and probably the people who live in other countries, too, although I’ve never met them so it’s just an educated guess. We love the people who make us happy, and we love the people who give us things that we want, but that’s about it. I guess in general we love the people who make us feel loved back, but what about the people who make us feel uncomfortable or uneasy, the people who aren’t easy to love? In an economy where you have to give love to get it, what happens to those who don’t have enough to begin with? And if love is all about making ourselves feel good, is it really love at all? Something about that seems wrong to me.