Are you a religious leader looking for a safe way to discuss important social issues affecting your group, congregation or the church? Are you searching for a path to do so without alienating the very people you are trying to reach? The three pillars of love outlined in the first of the blog post below introduces a framework that will allow you to help people think through their religious, social, and political lives from a solid spiritual perspective.
This framework centers on one basic question: How does God define love? Not, how do we define it? Not, how does culture, or politics, or the convenience of the moment define it? But is there a simple, well-defined narrative that will allow people of good faith and spirituality to talk about, think about, consider their lives and decisions in light of such love with a low risk of falling prey to relationally and communally destructive arguments?
For a good introduction to this possibility, take a moment to read the first blog post below, “The Three Pillars of Love.” That posts and each of the blog posts that follow it can be used as sermon topics, discussion topics, Bible or ethical studies, and as my church is doing this summer, as the basis for summer camps in which each of the pillars are transformed into activities meant to help children understand them, and therefore love and life, better.
See also the resources page for additional materials.
See Blog Posts Related to the Love: A Manifesto
The concept of love is useless as a building block of life until a person realizes that, like the atom, it has three important subparts. To move Christian spiritually beyond alchemy, hearsay, guesswork — perhaps even outright lies — we need to understand the internal structure of love.
Over the next few weeks, I want you to try an experiment. Pay close attention to the dialogue that takes place in your head as
Humility is the gateway to Christian love. This begs the question: How can we tell if we are humble enough to walk love’s path well?