Monday, February 07, 2005

Is love really all you need?

Brodie McGregor writes on the ubiquitous idea that "all you need is love." We're in danger today, Brodie says, of worshipping love rather than God:

But hold on I hear you cry, 1 John 4:8 says that 'God is love'. This is very true, but that is quite a different thing from saying that 'love is God.'

Turning the equation around has serious consequences. Equating love with God causes us to try to shape God in our own flawed image:

It conforms to our agenda, rather than to the in breaking kingdom of God.

I take no position on the political conclusions Brodie draws in his essay, but his observations on the need for Christians to identify with love as manifested in Jesus Christ are bang-on target.


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