What is LOVE anyway?
It’s Valentine’s Day, “the Day of Love”. I am sitting in my truck in a parking lot outside a musical theatre somewhere in Smallville, Texas where my husband is playing in the orchestra for a community theatrical musical group.
I just walked out after about 30-minutes. I was watching this play that I have never seen or heard about. It has a name that sounds very cutesy and harmless, I mean, how bad can it be?
There were several back-to-back sexual innuendoes. Actually, MORE than innuendoes, more like soft porn statements in a song, complete with thrusting hips. The breaking point for me came when one of the leads in the play was singing that “they all look alike in the dark”, alluding to having sex with older women for their money.
I got up in the middle of this musical production and walked out because I had made a decision.
I LOVE GOD.
I decided that I wasn’t going to let any more smut into my ears or my eyes. So I got up and left. Sadly, I was the only one. The rest of the audience stayed in their seats, at least as far as I can tell. There has only been one other car pull out of the parking lot, and this about 10-minutes after I got out here to my truck.
I LOVE GOD.
It’s more than something I say. It’s more than something I do occasionally. It’s not just church. It’s not even reading the Bible. It is my lifestyle, it is my heart. It is ME. I LOVE GOD.
BECAUSE I LOVE GOD I could not dishonor Him any longer by sitting and soaking in that sewage.
What’s the big deal, you may ask, it’s only a play, a little bitty musical in a very rural area. It wasn’t hurting anything. It wasn’t even really all that bad.
It was not honoring God, which is what I am called to do. I am called to defend that honor. I defended His honor today in the best way I knew how – I got up and left. I cast my vote for God, and simultaneously cast my vote against the things of this world.
I have seen a quote several times recently that says, “by doing nothing we help evil”, or something like that. I could not sit idly by and allow what was going on to dishonor my Lord and God.
Of course, God knew this showdown was going to occur. Just this morning I was in 1Kings 7 where the Bible speaks of Solomon building his own house. It took him 13 years. God had him build his house with 3 rows of windows in 3 tiers. It says further that there was “window opposite window”, so one could see completely through the building. In theory, whatever was let in through one window could go directly out through the one opposite it.
That’s a LOT of windows! Talk about being transparent! 3-rows of windows stacked 3-high. That is NINE windows — the number for HARVEST.
Windows to me speak of Revelation. Windows allow things in. They also let things out.
The ‘revelation’ that was being dispensed today in Smallville, Texas – the HARVEST — is NOT revelation that I want in my building. God has spent a number of years building this house. I am not going to allow anything in through my windows of revelation that I do not want in there, because God doesn’t want it in there either.
Don’t forget – I LOVE GOD.
The other reason that we NEED to know is that eventually what comes IN through these windows WILL GET OUT. It won’t be kept inside. It will surface and rear its ugly head somewhere down the line. It’s not only YOU it affects – it will get out and affect others. You know the old saying, “GIGO” – Garbage In, Garbage Out. God didn’t put garbage in me. However, things of this world do, such as the “revelation” in this musical.
I want to tell you, it’s NOT OK. Sitting under the mentorship of filth is exactly that. One drop of motor oil pollutes 10,000 gallons of water. A little bit of marijuana in the brownie mix still makes it “pot-brownies”. Soft porn is still PORN. It’s WRONG.
What do you have up over your windows? Do you have screens, which filter little to nothing out? Do you have OPEN WINDOWS that filter NOTHING and let it all in? What is over your windows of revelation? Do you have filters of RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS and PIETY?
So, what is Love anyway?
GOD IS LOVE. If you love someone, you listen to them, you honor them, you respect them. You do as they ask – not necessarily because you want to but because the one you love has asked you to.
Today is the Day of Love. And since God is Love, let it be the Day of God in your life, the first day of many, the first day of all the rest of your life.
It is for me.