Love is our resistance

April 22, 2010

I enjoy the music of the band Muse. There is a song getting a lot of radio play called, “Love is our resistance.” I think that this phrase is a bumper sticker version of what Christianity represents in the world. The word ‘love’ in modern english is pretty meaningless. We say things like ‘I love ice cream’ and ‘I love my girlfriend’ with no discernible difference in meaning. But the biblical term for love (in greek: agape) is very meaningful. It represents self sacrifice and a willingness to think more highly of someone else than ourselves.

Jesus is the perfect picture of this sort of love.  Jesus didn’t neccessarily have a warm fuzzy about everyone he died for. But he did sacrifice for us. He did think more about saving us than he did about protecting his own life. The truck was heading for us and Jesus stepped in front for us. “Greater love has no man than he that lays his life down for his friends.”

Evil rages in the world. Oppression. Hatred. Destruction. They are commonplace. Our resistance is this sort of love. In the face of death we are called to follow Christ’s example and lay ourselves down for each other.

Love is our resistance.

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