Conditional-Christian Love

If you are in a relationship, then you understand the game of love. Sometimes you do things out of the goodness of your heart and other times you do things to acquire bargaining chips. For example, you give your woman a back massage because she has had a long day at work and you want to genuinely make her feel better. Alternatively, you give your woman a back massage because you’re horny and you want some action-thinking that the wiener is somehow a panacea for her tiredness. With women it is a little more subtle. Christina many times gives me a hug because she wants to make me feel better if I am stressed. Other times, she might give me a hug to selfishly look at my fine backside. The point is, unconditional love is a very hard concept for humans. We treat love like we treat our finances: commonly using metaphors of investing, growing, and fostering exchanges to meet our needs. In marriage, there is a make-believe unconditional love that we try to carry around like a sneaky cat. When things are going good, we know where the cat is and we can admire it without any fear of it running away. During bad times, the cat has escaped and gone into the crawl space where you spend the next 3 hours trying to coax it out using sardines and foul language. If I were to cheat on Christina with a big-busted blond, the proverbial cat would not be in the crawl space but instead it would be running around the house on fire-National Lampoon’s style.

There is one type of relationship where the cat is always on your lap-the unconditional love of God. You may find it odd, but I don’t like to read the Bible. I love reading tons of books and analyzing them. Why not the Bible? Well, I think to be an effective Christian I need to keep it simple. When I start reading the Bible I get all caught up in the details and forget the most important message-love. God sacrificed his son for all of us and He loves us unconditionally. We are called to try to love others unconditionally no matter their beliefs, sins, or attitudes. This is fricking hard!!! I can’t stand the majority of frickers and I judge people on a hourly basis. God doesn’t want us to judge others and put conditions on them. I hear the common phrase, “I love the person but not the sin.” Well, there is a flaw in that comment. Everyone sins so why are we putting “conditions” on “certain” sins. We can’t say to a gay person that we hate the sin but love the sinner and not expect that person to feel judged and isolated because they sin differently. Every Christian sins so why are we putting conditions on certain people? It is not our job to judge but it is our job to love. We need to do our best at unconditional love whether a person is a liberal, gay, Muslim, Atheist, gambler, gossiper, average Joe, pastor, etc. We can never reach the point of unconditional love but at least we can stop purposelessly putting conditions in the way. I say all these things because we always need a reminder to keep things simple. I know that this message can be polemic but I think that many Christians, including myself, need to keep it simple. Accept people, love them, and get that cat out of the crawl space.

One thought on “Conditional-Christian Love

  1. This may sound funny, but your Mother has read into the blog and I believe the “Cat” is Satan trying to stir up your life and cause trouble (Ha Ha).

    OK, back to the blog – human beings are very unique with all of our emotions, this is probably an understatement. It is very hard not to judge. I am now in a bible study and as I look across the room at the other participants I judge them (Terrible I Know) – but it’s true. We will continue to sin daily and God knew this. We can’t save ourselves. We can’t work our way into heaven. We can’t control our destiny.

    God’s plan is laid out – all he wants is our faith and for us to honestly believe that “Jesus” is the way/truth/life. He has done the rest with the blood of Jesus and his sacrifice for all of us loser’s. Roman’s 2 vs 11 says: there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Praise God for his grace and love over each one of his children. Thank God for giving us “Faith” and “His Wisdom to Understand just a small portion of his great plan! He loves us more then we can ever understand!

    OK, now that the heavy stuff has been said, go love on your wife or second love of your life Max A Million

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