Thought on Christianity and Love

Another post inspired by KIA (and others) given his admonition to me to re-read 1 Corinthians 13. And when I did, here is what I thought.

When critics try to shame forceful and direct Christians for not acting ‘Christ-like’ or in a ‘loving’ manner, it is critical to remember that love, as traditionally defined and understood in Christian theology, is not the wishy-washy, feel-good, non-offensive niceness that most people today take love to be, and it is also critical to remember that when the scriptures, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the writings of the Church Fathers, and the lives of the saints are considered in their totality, then the primary thing that they show to us is that what is most important is to speak the truth clearly and directly, for speaking the truth in such a manner is the highest form of love, and they further teach that you must take such action regardless of if doing so offends someone, or seems rude to someone else, or makes another person feel emotionally distraught, for the fact of the issue is that no matter what you say or how you say it, in today’s climate, someone will always be offended or become emotionally distraught at what a Christian says (in fact, I am sure that someone will be offended by this very post); consider as well that if speaking the truth regardless of the subjective offensiveness that a hearer of it might experience from hearing it were not the highest form of love, then the Gospel of Jesus Christ Himself would never have been preached anywhere, for the Gospel was offensive to both Jew and Gentile right from the beginning, and so realize that love, in its highest form, is truth, and thus to speak the truth clearly and purely regardless of its perceived “offensiveness” is the ultimate form of love.

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