From Station WGOD: Love, Love Me Do

The other day a reader wrote me the following:

“John, would you comment on something I heard last night at church, which is that God uses people to deliver messages? The idea is that the delivery is usually made by someone who has no clue what the message means, to someone who is desperate for the message. Do you think that’s a possibility, that God really uses people to deliver his messages?”

I’m not sure people have any other purpose but to deliver each other messages from God. So, I mean … yes: I think every person is a walking, talking, mobile, non-stop broadcast tower for station WGOD. How else does God communicate with us but through people? Through weather? Through animals, those adorable teases who always act like they’re going to talk to us, but never quite do? Through hieroglyphics that magically appear on elevator walls? Sure, that would considerably liven up elevator rides, but no– — that’s not how it works. When God wants to say something to us, he almost always says it through the people in our lives.

And God, being God, always has something to say. To everyone, through everyone, all of the time. It never stops. God is never done communicating with any of us. The one message he never sends anyone is, “Okay, you’re done now. You’ve got it all now. You’ve learned everything there is to know about my nature, will, processes, and purposes. So you won’t be hearing from me anymore. God out.”

Nah. God’s broadcasting to us, 24/7. And the medium of his ongoing message is every single person whose path ever crosses our own.

Our job is to remember that, to make sure that we focus in on, and hear the message we can be sure God is sending us whenever we engage with another person.

And what message is that sure to be? What message is everyone always sending everyone else?

Love me. Love me, love me, love me.

That’s the single message each and every one of us is constantly broadcasting to the world: Love, love me do.

And when God as Jesus was talking directly to us, what did he explicitly name as the supreme law, as the greatest of all of his commandments? What was the one thing God most wanted to make sure we got?

That we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

We’re all on the same channel; we’re all broadcasting the same thing.

All we have to do is listen to one another.

About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • Mary Linda

    And our job, as Christians and as humans, is to keep the lines open and stay tuned in so we can be a clear channel. As The Pretenders put it:

    Now the reason we're here

    As man and woman

    Is to love each other

    Take care of each other

    When love walks in the room

    Everybody stand up

    Oh, it's good, good, good

    Like Bridgitte Bardot.

  • http://allegro63.blogspot.com/ Sylvie Galloway

    Oh Bravo! Now if only more of us would broadcast that simple message to love God and love others. And if only more of us could do it more effectively. I know I've failed at that more then once.

    It is so simple. God loves us. all of us, every human that is walking, has walked and will walk the face of this earth. He just asks us to love Him back and to also love everyone we come across. An seemingly impossible task. Thankfully we have a great example to emulate.

  • Dan V

    Of course God speaks to us through people, and often they don't know they're speaking for God. In fact, I'm highly suspicious of those who KNOW they're speaking for God. "Thus saith the Lord" always gets my radar up – but then I'm a skeptic. But this isn't the only way God communicates with humans.

    There's the audible voice of God, found many places in Scripture. Haven't heard it myself, but people I know and trust claim they have, and I choose to believe them.

    There's the inner voice of God – call it conscience, call it the "still small" voice, whatever. If the Holy Spirit dwells in you, He nudges you, impresses you, guides your thoughts. It's what Jesus said He would do.

    And of course, there's the Bible itself. God's Word. If we'll read it, we can find out what God thinks, what He likes, what is important to Him. If any other direction we think we've heard from God is contradicted by the Bible, better watch out. His Word is the final authority.

    Of course, a lot of us don't want to hear what He says. Love your neighbor and love God sums it up just fine.

  • Matthew Tweedell

    Right on, man! God is Love! So where you see love, you see God!

    Let's not overlook how he-struggles-with-the-Lord ("Israel") earned his name at face-of-God ("Peniel"). (Hint: read more than just the one chapter (of Gen. 32, that is))

    And let's not forget what happened in the bodily assumption of Christ: "(What does 'he ascended' mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up," (Eph. 4:9-12)

    Nor should we forget how Paul and others felt it so critical to defend the truth of the resurrection being in the flesh, for to speak of a spirit(ghost) without corporal substance is just silly; as Paul rightly teaches, the material body comes first and only then the spiritual.

    And about the resurrection (from John 11:23-26):

    Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."

    Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

    Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

    The sadducees didn't/don't believe in the resurrection because they just didn't understand. 1 Cor. 15:35-38 says:

    "But someone may ask, 'How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?' How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat [hint, hint] or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body."

    (Hence the concept of the grim reaper.)

    Truly the Spirit of God is all around us communicating His message for us through us. When we are yet slaves to sin, hiding in darkness lest our evil deeds be exposed to the light, we aren’t really free in what we do, though the lie would have us believe otherwise. And when we are one in/with the eternal Spirit, the Truth sets us free: we have free will; yet in this Spirit, the will is united; God's will, in us, is fulfilled, and we even have the privilege to be called sons of God and together in Christ write the script acted out on this cosmic stage!

    "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

    Isn't it always interesting when Jesus "tell[s] you the truth" and Biblical literalists are trying to interpret it metaphorically! (Yet they’d hardly stop to think about the discrepancy between the resurrection on the "third day" [hint, hint] and Christ being three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.)

  • http://luwandi.wordpress.com Beth Luwandi

    Love it! he he hee.

    My non-believer brother this past weekend scoffed at the idea of a God who needs to be praised. I've several ideas or responses to this "not uncommon" comment. In fact, I think I've had this convo with several students over the years. Any responses– from you, Mr. Shore or your readership. (I am really liking the conversations you ignite.)

    • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

      I once wrote a piece here called "Why Would God Create Humans" you and/or your brother might find vaguely apropos.

  • http://www.whitenoisemetal.com Brian Shields

    The who programs KGOD?

    • Matthew Tweedell

      It's self-programming–like a guy who just makes up his own music all day long (after having built himself a radio transmitter). But the thing is, this music is the most powerful, most harmonious, most exquisite, most florid, most dynamic, and most moving symphony I've ever known! And we've yet to hear the finale!

      Right… so where'd the guy come from? Well, first let's christen the guy "Christ". Now, it's complicated, but the Bible and, in my above comment, I try to explain what the body of Christ consists of. Essentially, this guy comes forth out of the unseen (which may and may not include the non-existent (yes, that's "and", not "or")). His melody is Truth; His harmony—Love; His rhythm—Life!


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