The following, posted in March of last year, holds profound meaning for a day like today.
Not long ago I was riding with my youngest daughter through the Nashville, TN area. We were visiting a couple of colleges that she is thinking of attending, one of them being MTSU.
Since I was the one riding, and since I wasn’t too afraid that Haley would get us killed, I felt more comfortable looking at the sights. One of the sights I saw was a little sticker placed on the back window of a vehicle in the lane next to us.
The first thing I did when I saw it was say out loud what I was thinking: “Love is love? What kind of definition is that?”
And that’s really the point of this little post (rant) of mine: What does it mean when you say “Love Is Love”?
Let’s change the words a little and see if the same way of defining love works with other stuff.
- Rock is Rock.
- Lamb is Lamb.
- Bob is Bob.
- Cola is Cola.
- Dirt is Dirt.
- Poison is Poison.
- Hate is Hate.
As you can see, the words above are not as easy to define by stating that one is what it is. To say that a rock is a rock is to say a diamond is a piece of driveway gravel. To say that dirt is dirt is to equate what my flowers are growing in with stuff people dig up to smear politicians.
Is every Bob the same as every other Bob? Is Coke really as nasty as the generic stuff? Is a stuffed lamb in a toy store the same as the living, breathing, pooping animal capable of growing wool?
If “hate is hate,” then is it equally immoral to hate murder as I could hate my neighbor?
LOVE IS LOVE tells us nothing. All it does is confuse, belittle, elevate what is not the real thing, and degrade what is priceless.
Is there no standard for what love is supposed to be? Is self-love the same as sacrificial love? Stating that “love is love” doesn’t even clarify whether or not love is a verb or a noun?
That is why the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle John to write (1 John 4:8,16): “God is love.”
What love is supposed to be is directly related to the nature of God. God is the standard. God is the Definer.
Love without God in the equation is a scary, vague, unstable, dangerous, self-serving, undefinable, always-changing emotional term that can be used to justify anything (which can be verified by doing a Google search of “Love Is Love” memes).
Poison isn’t just poison, but love without God is a poison that blinds the heart.