Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I Don't Care If You Care

"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
- Mark 12:29-31

Love your neighbor as yourself.
 - Leviticus 19:18

Pullin' out my big black book
Cause when I need a word defined that's where I look
So I move to the L's quick, fast, in a hurry
Threw on my specs, thought my vision was blurry
I looked again but to my dismay
It was black and white with no room for grey
Ya see, a big V stood beyond my word
And yo that's when it hit me, that luv is a verb 

 - "Luv is a Verb" by DC Talk

Sometimes, it seems like we feel satisfied by a warm fuzzy feeling in our heart.  Simply caring about something makes us feel like better people.  We're concerned about poverty, and that makes us better people than the people that do not.  We hope for world peace, and that makes us more pure in heart than the war-mongers.  We have clever ways to articulate our views--such as calling people "war-mongers."  All of that makes us feel good about ourselves.  Look at me.  I'm such a good person.

None of that matters a bit.  It doesn't matter if you care.  It doesn't matter if you voice concern.  If you do voice your concern, it doesn't matter how effectively, articulately, or loudly you express that concern.  It's worthless.

You see, we have been commanded to love.  Love, as DC Talk nicely points out for us, is a verb.  You know--an action word.  That is to say, we have been commanded to act.

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