"If I speak in the tongues of man or angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal." 1 Corinthians 13:1
There's so much noise these days. Clanging and clattering, ear piercing noise. So much and so loud it can make you cringe.
The noises flying about are like stones. Thrown from one side of the water to another. The water between the land is full of hate, discrimination and angst. The only way we know to bring others to our side, the "right side", is to throw rocks scribbled with messages, accusations and opinions. We think, "Maybe, just maybe, if we throw enough of them, they'll see that our side is the right side". But the water of anger and hate is so wide and so rough that we are too far away to see that all we are doing is creating pain, bitterness, and ultimately bloodshed.
Furthermore- if those stones happened to create an enlightenment for the other side, by some miracle only made possible by Christ, how do we expect them to join us all the way over here on our side? By treading the treacherous waters that separate us? We expect others to work their way, swim for their life, to our side after we continuously lobbed stones at them?
The truth is- we are afraid to extend our hand and run the risk of falling and flailing into the treacherous waters that lie between us. We are scared that if we offer that much love to risk our own selves that we may be swallowed up by the rushing waters of pride.
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:18-19
Stop. Drop your stones. Start small. Lift up your opposition. Pray for them and ask God to soften your heart toward them. Deliver small and random acts of kindness to those you wouldn't normally. When you find yourself wanting to respond to someone with opposing views and bitter words, offer true and genuine words of kindness.
Slowly, but surely a bridge will form. It may be unsteady at first, but over time the bridge will become sturdier and stronger. Once the foundation is laid and the bridge is built, step out. Dare to love your enemy or your opposition so much that you will risk this bridge you built, all on your own, over the stormy waters.
I pray that when you do, you'll be met in the middle of that bridge. I pray that as you reach the center of the platform, high over the rough and treacherous waters you will find an outstretched hand. The hand of another race, ethnicity, religion, political party or background and that you can walk together, peacefully, on either side.
Love and Blessings,