I Am Right. You Are Wrong.
St. Paul tells us that one of the characteristics of love is that it is kind (1 Cor. 13:4). If love is kind, then should not its tender grace shine especially among the members of the body of Christ. The Church is the place we gather with those who share our common faith and values. We believe in God, and God is Love — “He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8). Further, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself said specifically to His disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35) Are we not His disciples?
The reason I emphasize this now is because of the troubled times we now live in. Yes, we are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, we have feelings about whether to wear a mask in Church, or receive Holy Communion from a common spoon. Yes, we are watching and distressed over the deep-seated racial issues surrounding and leading up to the death of George Floyd. But it is not so much the issues that we face that I am speaking about. Rather, it is our response – our reaction in this era of social media and polarization. It seems the responses are for the most part … not kind.
It seems everyone has to have an opinion, that their opinion must be shared, and that no one else’s opinion is valid! We are affirmed if and only if we are “liked”—thumbs up, or a heart. God help us if we disagree. Is this a Christian way to act? Is it not ego (pride) that says I am right, you are wrong?
Remember, “love is kind” especially in Church, among the other Disciples, with those nearest and dearest to us.