Wednesday, August 03, 2005

it's a radical kind of totally

Every time see the word "radical" I think of some '80's surfer saying, "it was totally radical out there. It was a wall of waves dude. Like tubular." I never hear the word tubular without it being attached to someone's impersonation of a surfer dude. Anyhow, I've been thinking about, talking about, hearing about this "radical" love of Jesus. He even mentions to his followers that they're supposed to have the same love. I've asked a lot of people - even groups of hundreds - if they feel like they're basically loving. Most of us feel like we're ok at loving people. But Jesus says that even "tax collectors"the people who at the time were robbing people, bullying them around, and turning their backs on their neighbors - even they felt like they loved people.
But Jesus calls his followers to a radial kind of love. Anybody can love the people they love. We all do that. We love our friends...and maybe even some of our family...because they're lovable. But he tells us to love beyond that. To love the unlovable. Even beyond love the people we can't stand - our enemies. So if our goal is to love our enemies...then loving the unlovable should be easy. In fact - we might even love the lovable people that much more. It's sort of like he's setting the bar a little higher and encouraging us to jump.
...might be worth a shot.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:21 AM

    I do love the word radical...