“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
–1 John 4:7-12 (NIV)
One might argue that the defining characteristic of Christianity is love. God loves us perfectly and wholly, God acted (and still acts) on that love to bring us to Him, and as a result we receive His love and can then love others. It’s all about love, isn’t it?
I’m always saddened when I see comments about people calling Christians out on being hypocrites or heartless. When those comments are based on true stories, I get more than a little upset. Because “hypocrites” and “heartless” are not two labels that should be associated with Christianity. We should be associated with love.