Monday, March 19, 2012

What Is Love? Baby Don't Hurt Me. - Part 1

Love.  The central theme in any vomit-inducing chick flick.  I can't tell you how many movies I have been forced to watch that go as follows:
  1. Male (good looking) and Female (also good looking) want nothing to do with each other.
  2. Male and Female start to notice each other in a different way - leading the audience to ask (as if this has never happened before), "Will they end up together??????"
  3. Male and Female realize there is, in fact, love in the air.  Whereupon, they have sex immediately.
  4. BUT, there is a catch.  No! Could this be the end of this match made in heaven?
  5. Nope.   Male and Female end up together.  OR Occasionally a writer will get "creative" and in the end both parties go their separate ways.  However, those are not the movies we have to live through more than once.

Let's face it.   Hollywood has no idea what love is, or if they do, their poker face is dead on.   But is Hollywood the villain here, or does it simply mirror the thoughts and beliefs of our society?

Some Research:

In 2008, The Barna Group released a study that found " . . . among all Americans 18 years of age or older, whether they have been married or not, 25% have gone through a marital split".  According to the 2008 US Census Report, the divorce rate (3.5 per population of 1000) is just under half of the death rate (8.1 per population of 1000).

Either we do not know what love is, or we are having a heck of a time showing it.

Some Perspective Please:

There are about a thousand "what is love" references in scripture, but in my opinion this is the most poignant.

1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.  3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing (1 Cor 13:1-3, NLT).

Are you freaking kidding me?  Paul says that possessing love is more important than KNOWING ALL OF GOD'S SECRET PLANS AND POSSESSING ALL KNOWLEDGE.  

Think about that.  How many years have you spent in school?  I have spent about 18 years in school excluding pre-k.  I have recently come to the realization that I know nothing, and yes, I suppose I am chilling with my boys Socrates and Plato on that.  I have spent that much of my life learning hardly anything at all.  I put that much value in the tiniest bit of knowledge.
And yet, Paul says I could know everything there is to know about everything, and it still doesn't matter squat diddly poo (nada...nichts...rien...nani mo...méishénme) compared to truly - honest to God - "getting" love.

The fact of the matter is that as family leaders, we have to get this thing resolved.  If we don't know what love is or how to do it, what hope is there.....really?

We are going to figure this out together, you and I.  This is Part 1 of a series called, "What is love?  Baby Don't Hurt Me."  Tune in each Monday as we answer this question once in for all.

Oh....and one more thing:

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What Is Love? Baby Don't Hurt Me. - Part 2

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