“Getting Love Wrong” by The Rev Kaji Douša
I believe that one of the biggest challenges facing us culturally and as a society is that many of us have no clue what it means to love. And the Bible knows this, it’s not a brand-new problem. Jesus addresses it as he tells people what the most important thing is to do, is to love the Lord your God with all you heart, your soul, and your mind – and your neighbor as yourself – he said that is the greatest commandment. And yet, why do we walk around 2000 years later completely confused about how to pull that off? The love commandment has to come first. If we truly, truly love God, then that means we’re putting God first, which means that we’re loving first. And we’re not being seduced by all the whimsical nature of the definitions of love that we hear in society, we hear it in love songs. Love is a feeling, it’s so seductive. In fact, it’s so seductive, that we’re chasing it, when really what we should be chasing is our love for God, which is enduring. It’s not a feeling. It’s a whole series of actions. And so, our call in this time, if we truly want to follow Jesus, is to figure out how love can be more than just passing fancy, but the actions in which we show, and prove, every day in our lives, that we love god more than anything else. Amen.