What the world needs now is . . . love! New take on ancient theme: 1 Corinthians 13:2019

Posted: February 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

World Love

What if the Apostle Paul were writing to us today? 1 Corinthians 13:2019 

If I can talk the talk of anti-racism, name my white privilege, claim to be woke, or a modern feminist, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. Or if I think bump stocks, more assault weapons, or a wall is going to keep me truly free or even safe, but do not have love, well, I’ll just need more bump stocks, guns, and walls. Or fences. Or barriers. Call them whatever you want. They’re all the same. They are dividers and none will offer me the peace I long for. Only love will transcend them and the fear that built them.

And if I claim to have an ability to interpret the complexities of our age, to speak theologically, or philosophically, or politically, and claim to understand the nuances of our times, and to have special knowledge, and even if I have all the faith I need to get into heaven when I die, or organize movements while I live, or to move people to march and implore mountains to move, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my things – the stuff that I think that I possess but really possesses me, and if I work out every day building up my body into a chiseled work of art, or just get in my 10,000 steps so that I may brag about it to my friends, but do not have love, I’m really no further ahead.

Now listen up! This the crux of it all, and if we might just consider practicing this, we could ease a lot of heartache in the world:

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love is very big! It’s huge! Bigger than queens and presidents, laws, or even constitutions. Love is eternal. It’s forever. Love never ends.

But as for all that hateful chitter-chatter from politicians, pundits, and social media, it just divides us and in the end, it ends. Thank God! As for all that mean-spirited religious jibber-jabber, and all that churchy-status, wealth, and power in-fighting, these will cease, too. Hallelujah! As for knowledge? Just get over yourselves, Mr. and Ms. Smarty-pants, Ph.D.! Your word isn’t definitive. New knowledge always replaces old. You think you have something really smart to say, and for a hot minute you might, but before you know it some kid from a new school comes along and sketches out a schematic drawing or unveils a revolutionary code or equation that proves that you and your generation’s thinking are dinosaurs. Right now, we know only so much, and for all our talk we know far less than we care to admit. But when the time of Wholeness comes, the time when there is nothing but love, we’ll really start to get it! Every one of us: all ages, and genders, and orientations, and religions, and languages, and color tones. Yep. All of us. Even the ones I didn’t mention. We’ll all stand back in awe, our arms wrapped around each other, and exclaim, “Wow! Isn’t it wonderful!”

When I was a kid, I talked like a kid, I thought like a kid, I reasoned like a kid. What the heck happened to me? When I became an adult, I was supposed to put an end to my childish ways and act like an adult but in some ways, I still act very childish. Ug! Some days I can hardly help myself. Right now it feels like we’ve all got our noses pressed-up against a cold window on a winter day, our hands cupped around our eyes to block out the artificial light all around us, squinting our eyes as tightly as we can just to catch a glimpse of what’s happening on the other side of the glass, right in front of us, but the hot breath of our own intentions keeps fogging up the view!

There is a time coming, though, when we will see love face to face. Can’t you just feel it coming! Or, at least, hope it is? Admit it, right now we know only a small part of the story, not much more than a confusing Tweet’s worth compared to the fullness of love; but soon we will know fully, even as we have been fully known.

For now, be content just knowing this: faith, hope, and love all work together; and the greatest of these is love.


  1. Bob Heath says:

    A wonderful and very timely rendering of I Corinth. 13. Loved it (no pun)!

  2. Bonnie Thompson says:

    This is is so ‘now”! Very insightful and clear! Thank you!

  3. Joel Dawson says:

    Well said

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