Thursday, June 14, 2012

Love Needs No Angle

By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (Jn.13:35)

There used to be only a few varieties of salad dressing -- Ranch, Italian, French, and Thousand Island. You might find Blue Cheese in a fancy-shmancy restaurant. Now, there are more varieties of each one than there used to be dressings -- Buttermilk Ranch, Garlic Ranch, Spicy Ranch, Southwest Ranch, Bacon Ranch, Cucumber Ranch, and the beat goes on.

There used to be only a few church brands, and you knew what you were getting when you went -- Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Church of Christ. Now, there are as many varieties of each as there were denominations --  Reformed, Cowboy, Biker, King James Only, Contemporary, Traditional, Liturgical, Emergent, Emerging, and the beat goes on.

You know when my mom made Ranch dressing from those powdered mixes, I don't remember one single conversation like, "Mom, I really wish we had another flavor of Ranch dressing."  I just remember how good Ranch was.  My point is this. All those different flavors of Ranch are simply the marketing attempts of dressing makers to keep people interested in Ranch dressing.

I wonder if all these different varieties of church aren't just man's attempt to keep people interested, to play to the flesh in an attempt to excite the spirit, to find an inroad into a lost world, to get a few disinterested lost people interested. A friend pointed out that love really doesn't need an angle. If we love one another like Christ commands and enables us to through the Holy Spirit, then we will love the others like He commands and empowers us to.

Maybe that's what all those varieties are about, at least to some degree. Maybe they aren't some human attempt to market Christ and His Church. Maybe they are, at heart, an expression of His love. Maybe . . .