We Are Called to Love

Jamie FarquharYouth Ministry Blog

With a conversation circulating around TikTok referring to posts calling for today to be a day to assault women, please be careful and look out for one another. Even though the original posts calling for this to happen can’t be found, it’s better to be more cautious and look out for one another just in case, and, as the Bible calls us to do, gather around one another as a family and care for, protect, and do life together safely with them (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). God loves and values each and every person as one of His masterpieces and loves us more than we can possibly imagine, giving us immeasurable worth in His eyes by being His creation (Psalm 139:13-16). Because of this we are called to value and love every person like He does (John 13:34-35). Seeing the world this way is the heart of the Christian life (as it was Christ’s heart and the cause for all of His correction and grace towards others), and because of that any actions calling for the harm or desecration of another runs completely counter to God’s will, breaks God’s heart, and angers God more than we can ever possibly know. Please understand I am also not calling for panic, because 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline) (NASB). God is still in control, but He has also given us reason and one another in addition to Himself and His wisdom/power to help carry each other through the joys, trials, and struggles of life (Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 27:17, and Romans 12:14-21). Have hope in who He is and how much He loves and wants to care for you, lookout for one another by taking someone else close to you with you if you have to go somewhere, and reach out to and share the light and joy God gives to us when the world seems like it might feel scary or out of control! Also let others and adults, including us, know if you see anything sus to help look out for each other as well!