26 Jun Sermon Snap Shot June 23, 2017
A third aspect of MLK’s theology of Agape Love is this: When combined with his understanding of the doctrine of Imago Dei, Agape Love leads us to share redemptive love with ALL human beings.
How did Jesus say it in the Sermon on the Mount when he commanded us to love our enemies and pray for those who seek to persecute us?
“If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.” – Matthew 5:46-47 (The Message)
MLK took Jesus at his word. Agape Love should not only be offered to our brothers and sisters in the faith…or to those who look like us and vote like us, it should be shared with ALL, included those we find most difficult to love. When we get stingy with our Agape Love – when we hold it back for whatever reason – we are the ones diminished. In his book “Stride Toward Freedom,” King put it this way:
“Agape means the recognition of the fact that all life is interrelated. All humanity is involved in a single process, and all men are brothers. To the degree that I harm my brother, no matter what he is doing to me, to that extent I am harming myself.”
From Sunday, June 23 message based on I Corinthians 13, “Beloved Community: Core Belief #2 – Agape Love”
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC