The Freedom to Love
Written by: Robert D Brinsmead
Of course there is freedom, and love can be resisted, but that does not change love. Love does not lessen the responsibility of the evil-doer. That is what freedom does – it gives one the freedom to reap what one has sown. Again, love is like electricity coming to your house. Your house is wired for it. The power is there and you can switch it on. But again, you are free not to. If you don’t switch the electricity on, does that qualify it or change the nature of the electricity? We have said that the love of God is there, it is there for everybody, it is unconditional. Just because one refuses the love, does not change what it is.
In the matter of the responsibility of the evil doer. I have previously pointed out that an evil doer may have to be restrained, even incarcerated or whatever, and that law enforcement should be directed at rehabilitation and restoration and overcoming or healing the disaffection and alienation that has caused the offence. If this means restoring what the evil doers has destroyed, then of course the offender needs to be directed to do this. None of this needs to be done in the spirit of vindictiveness or retaliation, because this would only exacerbate the disaffection and alienation of the disaffected. The exercise has to be directed toward rehabilitation, correctional action. That is not going to happen if the evil that the offender has done is trivialized or in any way ignored, but at the same time is not going to be done unless he can feel that he is still respected and valued as a human being. The correctional service, whatever that is, should be administered in a spirit of respect and reverence for the life of the offender, it has to be administered humanely. That all comes under the umbrella of love. If the offender is incarcerated and becomes ill, he should be taken to a hospital if need be and given the best medical care available. That is saying that “the correctional service” acts like a Good Samaritan. This is real love in action. Julia sent a nice Utube discourse on love where the speaker pointed out that the word has been corrupted and even changed by Romanticism. It’s not sentimentalism either (See Breech, The Silence of Jesus). Nothing is as down to earth and practical as the genuine article.
Jesus loves me when I’m good, doing all the things I should:
Jesus loves me when I’m bad, although it makes him very sad.
Jesus forgave the repentant thief, but he also forgave his unrepentant murderers. He knew that only the “goodness of God” can “lead to repentance.” Remember, if someone does not choose to turn on the light switch, the electricity is still there – unchanged.