I was listening to Radio 5 Live this morning and they were having a phone in on abortion and whether Britain should be an abortion free society.
A phone in like this polarises people into two groups, those who are ok with abortion and those who are against it. It leaves no room from the complexity of life and circumstances that cannot simply be answered with a yes or a no. And so people draw a line where they stand and face off against each other, thus creating a common enemy.
And it is easy to put people into boxes, to label those who are different to ourselves and then to unite in our disapproval about those who are different.
So people are dehumanised and become a label:
Yet unconditional love doesn't label people and actively seeks to destroy the labels that have been created.
Unconditional love pushes out fear of those who are different.
Unconditional love goes to those who are different and loves them because they are another person loved and created in the image of God.
Unconditional love starts with the persons name.
Unconditional love continues regardless of what the person believes, it doesn't mean we have to agree or condone, but it does mean that love will continue despite our differences.
Unconditional love is hard work. It is easier to have a common enemy. People love to point the finger and exclude those who are different. It is much harder to embrace our differences and to walk together in spite of our differences.
But that is the calling of Jesus followers. It is to go and love, not label and point the finger. So now the challenge for me is to go to those who are different to me and to love and walk with them. But then it is a challenge for you too isn't it?