The Bonner County Human Rights network helped spearhead the “Love Lives Here” campaign last fall. A rally in one of the downtown parks in Sandpoint sprouted a small crowd of people as they listened to a few pep talks and at least one story of a homosexual. Signs began to manifest in a few front lawns and downtown businesses – “Love Lives Here.” Many businesses around town posted the “7B Supports Human Rights” sign in their windows or check-out counters. (7B is the designation for Bonner County, Idaho). What is love?
Love in Modern Culture
What do those who promote and agree with the “Love Lives Here” campaign believe about “love”? How would it be defined? If we are going to have an intelligent conversation about “love,” we better come to an understanding about what it means. Basically the human rights people promote “love” as equality, diversity, tolerance and acceptance of everything leading to mutual understanding and integration of races, religions, cultures, not to mention “sexual orientation.” This is “love.” The only thing that is not tolerated is anyone who disagrees with any of their points listed above.
They don’t tolerate any intolerance. Diversity and acceptance only goes so far. They define the parameter. Love is this and not this. Thus said the “7B Supports Human Rights” folks.
Love in the Bible
Okay, so is this love? Let’s compare it to what the Bible says about love.
Jesus Christ reconfirmed what was said in the Old Testament about love. All the commandments that God gave Israel were summed up in two commandments:
“And He said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40
“God is love,” (I John 4:16) and those who please Him love Him. That love was verified by Jesus when He stated:
“If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.” – John 14:15
Keeping His moral and ethical laws is the evidence of loving God. Keeping God’s commandments defines what it means to love our neighbor. Love is obeying God’s laws. That is the biblical definition of love. If we don’t obey God, we don’t love God. If we don’t treat our neighbor (a fellow Israelite) in accordance with God’s laws, we don’t love our neighbor.
So, what if homosexuality is promoted and sanctioned by society as good or at least acceptable? How about transgenderism? When God clearly prohibits homosexuality as an abomination, how can engaging in such behavior and promoting it in the name of “love” and “equality” be love?
If God’s law in this regard is violated, how can practicing this behavior or accepting this behavior be love? Keeping God’s commandments is love. Violation of His commandments is not love.
That’s the biblical definition of love. Apparently, it’s not the meaning of love by those who in defiance of God’s laws, support and promote homosexual lifestyles and other sexually perverted activities. And that’s only one aspect of God’s law.
So, when you see “Love Lives Here,” it’s “love” as defined by arbitrary humanistic values. It’s defined by people who hate the God of the Bible and His laws. Whatever “feels good” and seems to be “fair” is “love.” And if you don’t agree with that, you’re a person who “hates.”
Well – maybe “hate” is not all bad. We are supposed to hate evil. We are supposed to hate what God hates. To refresh your memory about what the Bible says about hate click here.
I must ask, “Where does ‘Love Lives Here’ draw the line?” Homosexuality, transgenderism – what’s next? Is sex with children okay? How about prostitution and sex trafficking? As time goes by, more and more perversion is accepted and promoted. It’s bad news!
But all this aside, unless we can arrive on a clear, mutual definition of “love,” there will be no understanding or agreement.
Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv