For a number of years in our metropolitan area there have been those who have summed up their Christian perspective in the slogan "Love wins!".
At face value it sounds nice. We think of John 3:16 and all the other familiar verses in the Bible that talk about the love of God. We think of how God expressed his love in sending His only begotten son. We recognize that God's love plays a very important part in the course of Biblical redemptive history.
So why is it that in recent days I find myself questioning that slogan?
Context means a lot. Here is the context of how the slogan "Love wins.." is being used.
Something very subtle is happening here.
Instead of saying "Love wins!", why don't we say "God wins!"?
God IS love... But God is much more then JUST love... God doesn't win because love wins (as though God is just along for the ride). If love wins, (and it does), love's winning is subsidiary to the fact that God in the whole of His person-hood wins.
So I ask once again. Instead of saying "Love wins!", why don't we say "God wins!"?
What I sense is subtly happening is the person of God is being replaced with some concept of love. In doing so we end up worshiping some idea of "love" instead of the God who in His person is the great "I AM". The other pitfall we face is wanting to define for ourselves what "love" is. God as the source of love is greater then love. God as the source of love is the one who defines both what love is, and what love is not.
Idolatry can be very subtle.
"Little children, keep yourselves from idols." (I John 5:21)