Now, when we spend time talking about loving our Christian brothers and sisters, I think we may all have to make a confession.
It is popular in the church today to be cynical about the church. So much of contemporary writing and speaking within Christian circles in America reflects the value that it is cool to be cynical about the church.
We slam those stiff, retro believers who don’t understand how we are called to love those different from us with HIV/AIDS or who are struggling to save the environment or who are democrats instead of republicans.
We mock those medieval believers who idiotically supported the Crusades which was one of the most stinking smells in the history of the church for how it lacked true love toward the neighbor.
But in doing so, we often sin by failing to love our Christian brothers and sisters. We set up a straw man of who they are and we beat it and burn it. We slam them in the name of self-righteousness about loving others. We say we love but we fail to love.
We say we follow Jesus but we miss the new command he gave: love your brothers and sisters and then the world will know my love.