Love… is it your god?

Today’s sermon was based on a song. Okay, that sounds kind of weird. But it was good! It was convicting, and, as usual, very biblical.

Have you ever heard the song, “Love in any language”? I hadn’t. (Yes, I live with my head in the sand. Sorry, can’t help it.) Pastor actually played an audio of it, which was helpful, since apparently a lot of people hadn’t heard it. It was a  beautiful melody, and of course the singer was good.

But the point of the sermon? Satan is subtly deceitful.

Yup. Have you ever paid attention to the words? For your convenience, I’ve added them here.

Je t’aime
Te amo
Ya ti-bya lyu blyu
Ani o hev ot cha
I love you

The sounds are all as different
As the lands from which they came
And though the words are all unique
Our hearts are still the same

Love in any language
Straight from the heart
Pulls us all together
Never apart
And once we learn to speak it
All the world will hear
Love in any language
Fluently spoken here

We teach the young our differences
Yet look how we’re the same
We love to laugh, to dream our dreams
We know the sting of pain

From Leningrad to Lexington
The farmer loves his land
And daddies all get misty-eyed
To give their daughter’s hand

Oh maybe when we realize
How much there is to share
We’ll find too much in common
To pretend it isn’t there

Love in any language
Straight from the heart
Pulls us all together
Never apart
And once we learn to speak it
All the world will hear
Love in any language
Fluently spoken here

Tho’ the rhetoric of government
May keep us worlds apart
There’s no misinterpreting
The language of the heart

Love in any language
Straight from the heart
Pulls us all together
Never apart
And once we learn to speak it
All the world will hear
Love in any language
Fluently spoken here

Wonderful sentiments, huh?  But are they true? Let’s take a look.

LovePulls us all together, never apart”

Really? Does love pull us together? Oh, friend, do you have non-Christian family members who hate you because you’ve loved them enough to tell them of the love of Jesus? Did Jesus Himself show His love incorrectly and thus cause so many to hate Him and seek to kill Him? Do you have friends who reject you because you shared your heart of love for their souls and thus showed how their life is going in an opposite way from heaven?

This song makes love into God instead of showing how God is love. It concentrates on the love instead of the Love-er, who loved us enough to send His Son to die and rise again for us, rotten sinful people with wicked hearts, to join Him in heaven.

“Our hearts are still the same.” Yes, they are. There are  still two kinds of hearts in the world: the unregenerate and the transformed. Our hearts are not automatically clean and then tarnished by our environment and circumstances. If that was true, how did Jesus stay sinless all His life when all those around Him were sinful, lying, hateful people? (Yes, even His mother, blessed though she was, sinned. Perhaps she was angry sometimes, and gave Joseph the ‘silent treatment’. Or she may have had some other fault. I admire her, but we must realize that she was human. Only Jesus was sinless, no one else.)

A huge problem we have these days is making love out to be a god. You see it, don’t you? You just have to love the other person to make it work. No, it isn’t just love, it’s God’s grace, work, forgiveness (ouch), and…. oh, so much!

Love will turn this world around and make it better. Um, no. This song was probably written in the late 1900’s, and do you honestly believe that all the love people have been thinking, singing, and showing has really made such a wonderful difference? NO! Terrorism is at an all-time high, ISIS is butchering children, and sex trafficking is higher than ever. Sorry, but ‘love’ isn’t doing it.

But the good news is that God loved us before we ever could have loved Him. He sent His Son, and His Son took our punishment and justified us so that we could go, through Him, to escape the punishment of our sins, hell. Oh, my friend, I pray that you have repented and that Jesus is your Lord and Savior. Is He? Then rejoice! Praise Him!

If not, please, do so! Read John three in your Bible, and then the whole book of John. Don’t put it off, do it now. Tomorrow is not promised.

I will be praying for you!

 

 

 

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