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Friday, July 21, 2006

Donald Miller on love as a commodity.

Don understands that, when approached from behind by a rabid, murderous, Cujo-esque dog, it's best to not panic, but smile.

From an interview with Donald Miller at the Leadership Blog:

You've said that the church "uses love as a commodity." What do you mean?

Miller: We sometimes take a Darwinian approach with loveā€”if we are against somebody's ideas, we starve them out. If we disagree with somebody's political ideas, or sexual identity, we just don't "pay" them. We refuse to "condone the behavior" by offering any love.

This approach has created a Christian culture that is completely unaware what the greater culture thinks of us. We don't interact with people who don't validate our ideas. There is nothing revolutionary here. This mindset is hardly a breath of fresh air to a world that uses the exact same kinds of techniques.

What's the alternative?

Miller: The opposite is biblical love, which loves even enemies, loves unconditionally, and loves liberally. Loving selectively is worldly; giving it freely is miraculous.

(then, later in the interview)

Imago [Miller's church] makes me feel parented and not alone. I spoke at Imago right after the election, and a woman, a homosexual, was sitting on the front row with a giant sign that said, among other things, that she hopes our children die, that the legacy of hate will end.

At the end of the service, her sign was laid down in front of the communion table, and she was being held by me, and many others, sobbing as she had never heard truth being presented in love. She had not known the difference between a parental communication of truth and a judgmental, hate-filled communication of truth.

I use love as a commodity all the time. Oh Lord, please change me.


Blogger Kendall Touchton said...

Wow, that really continues a lot of the thoughts I have been having about how we present the truth we believe.

1 Peter 3:15-16
but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

It seems that woman was put to shame, humbled, and broken when she was confronted with a love that rejoiced with truth.

11:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for pointing me to this interview bud.

I interviewed Don Miller for the Wittenburg Door some time ago (http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/archives/donmiller.html) but find his words still ring true. That's how you know it's for real.

Becky Garrison

7:42 AM


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