Father Chuck Files: Feel the Love

I have this song that has been ringing out in my head this morning. They’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love…” I remember learning the song while in college at a Faith Alive event at the Church of Ascension in Pittsburgh.

Maybe the song is there because I have a task that I don’t want to engage in or that I am not feeling too lovable. Putting love into action and making it real can be difficult, can’t it? That can be a real challenge for us as we try to love one another.

Why is it so hard for us to focus on this core value on our journey with Christ? Loving one another. Our world is in desperate need of a people that put love into action and makes it real. Just like a customer that is looking for a good hamburger or a good computer, there are people all around us looking for a faith community practices what it preaches.

One of S. Kierkegaard’s stories tells about a man walking down the street where he encounters a sign in the window declaring, “Pants pressed here.” So he rushes home and gathers up all his wrinkled pants and returns to drop the clothes on the shop’s counter.

The owner asks, “What are you doing?’ “I brought my clothes to be pressed just like the sign says.” To which the owner responds, “Oh we don’t do that here, were in the business of making signs.

Sometimes that’s how the church is perceived. We claim our places and ourselves to be loving, doing God’s work. And just like the shop owner we come across as just talking about love and not making it real.

I want us to be loving and I want our places of worship to do it well. If we are going to advertise ourselves as a loving community, let’s actually practice sharing God’s love in word and action. It’s about time for us to get back to basics. And the most basic value for our churches is the ability to believe in Christ’s love and love one another. Yes, it’s true, “They’ll know that we are Christians by our love, by our love.”

Feel the love! Share the love!

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