“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” ~ 1 John 4:8
If God is love, then to be Godless is to also be loveless. If God is love, then wherever God is rejected, love is rejected as well.
Accordingly, a Godless society must also be a loveless society. And a loveless society will feed on itself.
► Members of a loveless society cannot trust others, cannot give the “benefit of the doubt”.
► Members of a loveless society cannot empathize with the sufferings of others.
► Members of a loveless society can’t spare the time or energy to reach out to or learn to love those who are different: different in thinking, different in politics, different in culture, different in race/ethnicity.
If God is love, then there is no love without God.
As the society we live in continues to divest itself of God, both formally (legally) and informally (culturally), we can expect to see more hate, more acts of hate, and more fruits of hate.
“If a man say, ‘I love God’, and hateth his brother, he is a liar… And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” ~ 1 John 4:20a, 21
Believers cannot afford to be “members” of a Godless and loveless society. Rather, Believers must live true to the reality of their calling, which is to be members of the Body of Christ and citizens of God’s Kingdom of Heaven.
Those who claim to know God are called to demonstrate God’s love to ALL, not just to the “members of our tribe”. If God lives within us, then God’s love also lives within us and, like a cup running over, it must overflow from us unto ALL those around us.
► We can’t love our brother and speak evil of him.
► We can’t love our brother and ignore him.
► We can’t love our brother and never tell him about Jesus Christ.
► We can’t love our brother and curse him.
► We can’t love our brother and not welcome him.
► We can’t love our brother and fear him.