People say it’s hard to love. I guess it’s true sometimes.
Different people find it hard to love for different reasons.
Some folks can’t stand argumentative people. Some folks can’t stand people who think differently than they do. Some folks can’t stand mean people.
Everyone has haters. From Gandhi to Mother Theresa all the way down to Glenn Beck and John Stewart. Everyone is hated by someone. Or, at least, unloved.
Depressing, eh? Especially when you get that sneaking suspicion that you are one of those unlovers.
But there’s a way to love.
The greatest man told us to love enemies. Then he proved it was possible by walking a path of love that led him to a state-sponsered death. And while he was dying, he told his killers that he loved them. ‘Father, forgive them.’ And he showed us what God is really like.
The fact is, God loves Glenn Beck, regardless of how he makes me squirm. He loves Glenn Beck relentlessly. Passionately. With the unbridled power of a thousand suns. It doesn’t matter what Glenn Beck says or believes. God loves Glenn Beck. Because Glenn Beck carries within himself a beautiful image of God. He is, despite what I or anyone else thinks of his opinions and politics, a beautiful soul.
And when I think of that, suddenly I love Glenn Beck, too.
Pick that one person. That one person who gets you on edge every time they speak or tweet or show up on the TV screen or knock at your door.
God loves that person. Passionately. Relentlessly. With the unbridled power of a thousand suns. That person is a beautiful soul.
That’s worth loving.
Because if we could just master this one thing, the wildest part of Jesus’ most famous prayer would come true:
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.