He Who Loves God, Loves His Brother
I have been watching the news about the world reaction to what happened at the capital, the impeachment of President Trump and the Republicans who are jumping ship. I also reflected on world history among nations over time, going all the way back to the Old Testament. It is like watching a re-run over and over again. Man does not get along, even the allies do not get along 100 percent.
I realize that this is because of Original Sin, how Original Sin has twisted our very nature for peace. Even peaceful people sin, even they get angry and disgusted and dare I say even once in their lifetime have hated someone.
As I was preparing for my Lay Ministry Class, one of the readings to reflect upon was from 1 John 4:11-21. This section talked about God’s love. Remember He has an unconditional love, an eternal love, for He is love itself and thus He is incapable of hating, for if He was, we would not be around. I believe that God would have started over.
Getting back to the point though, verses 20 and 21 really caught my eye. Here is what is written:” If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
I believe here lies the problem, from laypeople to leaders of the world’s nations. People say they love God but do act like it. We do not help the downtrodden, we go after our adversary, we compete to be top dog while stepping on whomever we have to, to get to the top. We lie, cheat, and steal to become Numero Uno. In our nation we have a perfect example of this within the election of the Presidency. We see the opposition to our current President go after him with outright lies and accusing him of doing what they are exactly doing themselves; stirring up the emotions of the American People, dividing our country, just so they can be top dog.
You see this within my own Catholic Church. Priests disobeying their Bishops, Bishops thinking of only making Cardinal. Various leaders within the Church all the way to the Pope misleading people on various teachings including the current vaccination for COVID 19.
We hate and lie, yet we say that we are a people of God. We say that we are of the light, yet we act like children of darkness. Now do not get me wrong, I am far from perfect, I am a sinner just like everyone else, but what I see is people not wanting to change their ways. I see people telling that they are doing what they do for them, for the good of all. But at what cost? Not just the here and now, but eternally. How many think of their souls while supposedly doing the tramping of others for the good of the all. We need to sacrifice for others, pray for others so that this world, our country might become a God fearing nation again.
Remember, If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
May God Bless you and your family,