Broken Hearts and Christ-Eyes

Most conversations I have had lately eventually become a discussion of heart. Fatten and die has sparked one such enlivened discussion. It seems that we get so preoccupied with what is right or wrong, that we forget to love. We think what the world needs of us is to be right, or to fix them.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.
– Jackie DeShannon

My wife just wrote about this same thing on her blog:

“Generally they did not have to lift a finger to evangelize. Someone would be walking down a back alley in Corinth or Ephesus and would see a group of people sitting together talking about the strangest things—something about a man and a tree and an execution and an empty tomb. What they were talking about made no sense to the onlooker. But there was something about the way they spoke to one another, about the way they cried together, the way they laughed together, the way they touched one another that was strangely appealing. It gave off the scent of love…I don’t have the slightest idea what these people are talking about, but whatever it is, I want part of it.”
– Scent of Love, Keith Miller

I am scared to say that there may be a lot of “outsiders” looking in on the church, and not asking… what is this amazing thing…but asking themselves why anyone would want to be a part of all that bickering? [link]