I don’t share this video to say ‘The Black Eyed Peas have it all figured out’, they don’t.
In fact, they are left asking the same question they asked years ago: “Where is the Love?”
One thing we can all agree on: there is a LOT of hate out there! Violence, Evil, Racism…it’s certainly out there in our world.
However, if anything is ever going to change, we have to ask ourselves a more disturbing question: ‘Is it in me?’
How have I contributed–either in my attitude, my actions, or my behavior–to the climate of hate and division?
For example, when I watch this video, I get offended by the lines about police killing, and the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ false narrative that was so prevalent recently. However, rather than discard the entire song, I have to admit that there are legitimate good things about it, and that the question is one that I need to answer!
The Black Eyed Peas ask this profound question, and I think we–especially Christ followers–need to wrestle with it: Where IS the Love?
Here’s the thing: We–Christians–KNOW the answer!
The LOVE has already come! Jesus came to show it, and He NAILED it!
“God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God sent His son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world, through Him, should be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1st John 4:9-10)
Evil–including hate and racism–were nailed to the cross when He willingly went there!
Why, then, does it still exist?
1) Our enemy, satan…the devil, is still trying to mess everything up (“The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they might have LIFE, and have it to the Full.” (John 10:10), and 2) We willingly play into his hands.
Even in the Church–the family of God–who’ve been brought in by His amazing grace, and through nothing of our own merit (Ephesians 2:1-10)–we continue to justify racism, hatred and division!
How can this be?
If Jesus has paid for all our sin, and brought us all into relationship with the Father–adopted into the family of God–then we, above all people should know how to show LOVE…for all races, denominations, ethnicities, etc.
“You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. 13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.
14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. 16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. 18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.” (Ephesians 2:12-18)
HE–Jesus–is the One who made peace; HE is the one who brought the LOVE.
Therefore, we–as His followers, within the family of God together–have THE answer to the question,
“Where is the Love?” It’s in Jesus!
Therefore, as Christians, we have a responsibility to believe, think, and act not as members of ‘our’ group–‘White’, ‘Black’, ‘Latino’, etc…but as Children of God!
ALL lives matter–to God! Therefore, all lives should matter to me, as His child!
We must push back from the rhetoric, push back from the headlines, push back from the protests, and consider: As those who have been extravagantly, graciously, and abundantly loved by God, how can we LOVE each other?
Does it mean we have no differences? Does it mean we can’t teach those who are different some things? Does it mean we can’t learn from each other? Of course not…and sometimes, those differences are important! Even then, however, we must live in the context of love.
“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13)