The Greatest Command
I heard the phrase “love/hate relationship” recently and it caused me to wonder, “Is hate really the opposite of love?” I think the opposite of love may not be hatred, but apathy. The opposite of “I care” is “I don’t care.”
If that is the case, it casts a whole different light on one’s spiritual state, or that of a society. If I think in terms of love/hate, I really don’t know too many people who viscerally hate the Lord. But if I think in terms of love/apathy, I know many who plod through life either ambivalent toward God or oblivious to Him. It’s not that they spew vitriol against the Lord, it’s just that they don’t love Him with heart and soul and mind and strength. God holds no special place in their affections, their wills, their emotions, their thoughts, their activities. He is not hated, He is merely ignored.
If hatred is the standard and we don’t know many who truly hate God, that would seem to indicate relative spiritual health in our society. That’s what drives me to think that hatred must not be the right benchmark. I’m convinced we are in a perilous spiritual stupor, a consumer-minded funk that relegates God to the bargain basement and advertises that we can take Him at very low cost or leave Him altogether. We might as well think air and water are optional. It is in God that we live and move and have our being. He is not an addendum to life, He is the atmosphere outside of which life is impossible. He is not part of life, but life itself.
Father, I am Yours. Consume me.