A love problem

Our society has a love problem. It’s not just that we don’t love enough. At it’s root, we love wrong:

Know this: Hard times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:1–5)

There’s the diagnosis. The root problem is wrong love. Lovers of self, money, and pleasure instead of lovers of good and lovers of God.

That’s the real cancer destroying us and our society.

Sometimes things that look like cures for cancer aren’t. They might be painkillers or bandaids, which can be good or they can mask the real problem and prevent a real solution being sought. Sometimes painkillers have side-effects too.

Often treatment that actually helps seems harsh and for a time might look like it makes everything worse.

In all that, wisdom, kindness, gentleness, and respect for the inherent dignity of the patient are essential.

But from my experience, and from the words of God himself, one thing is clear. The cure for this cancer starts with the only one who has perfect love:

But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

More to be said. (There’s always more to be said.)

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