This Banner hangs in a Local Elementary School. Its message is simple but powerful. If we can equip our young to live out a caring lifestyle our world would be a better place.
It’s also a message that Jesus preached again and again. He was so emphatic about it, He made it a telling characteristic of His disciples.
Jesus did not say that our church attendance, Bible memorization, knowledge of the four spiritual laws, tithing records or the number of PTLs we shout daily will display the fact that we are His disciples. As good as these may be, He said there is something else that truly shows who my disciples are.
He said, and I quote:
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
(Jn 13:34–35 NKJV)
During the first 3-4 centuries of the Church the disciples displayed love in such a way that it threatened, and eventually overcame, the pagan way of life. One emperor, who wanted the people of Rome to return to their pagan roots, warned of these radical followers of Christ. He knew it was their love that made them dangerous. Here’s a quote from a book I read quite some time ago. I apologize for not remembering the author or the name of his/her book.
"Julian the Apostate, emperor of Rome from 361-363. He wrote in a letter to Arsacius, the high priest in Galatia, “These impious Galileans [Christians] not only feed their own poor, but ours also; welcoming them into their agapae, they attract them, as children are attracted, with cakes.” It wasn’t that this early group of believers stood up for their religious rights, abstained from certain foods and drinks, or didn’t associate with pagans. It was direct outward evidence of their love for other people (which blossomed out of their love for Jesus) that was evidence that they were followers of The Way."
I believe that as followers of Christ truly love each other as Christ loved us the world would be changed for the better. I believe that this is how we are to display and share the good news of Jesus with our fellow human beings.
How does the message on the banner chime in with the message of Jesus to love one another?
How does simple lifestyle of caring and loving make a difference in your world?