What the Word Needs Now

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ON THE ONE HAND…

We baby-boomers remember the era well. America was convulsing under the shock of massive war protests, race riots, and societal upheaval. We’d finally awakened to centuries of oppression against blacks and other minorities. (Hopefully, we’re still awakening.) So on the one hand, this song–and many like it–could have been viewed as a simple plea to just accept and respect one another, regardless of politics, ethnicity, or any other “outside” characteristic.

ON THE OTHER HAND…

But again I ask: did they succeed?

SO WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Maybe the real question is: what are we really wanting? Is it merely us getting society’s “stamp of approval” based on whatever’s acceptable at the moment? Is it our ability to self-righteously proclaim that we’re not bigots–even if we can’t stand to be around anyone who looks or thinks differently than us?

THE HARD TRUTH

Maybe our clamoring for “more love” in society misses the point. Maybe we are demanding something that we ourselves cannot give — and don’t even deserve.

THE SUPERNATURAL ELEMENT

The cross epitomizes the very love we need — but reject. On that cross, we see the ultimate expression of Love Himself — the perfect Son of God taking the punishment He didn’t deserve so that we could receive the forgiveness we don’t deserve. But also on the cross, we come face to face with who we really are — and the truth of our rebellion.

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Gary David Flamberg

Gary David Flamberg

Free-lance writer and fellow sojourner with a desire to communicate hope, convey truth as I see it, and encourage dialogue on important issues.