A topic of conversation has lately been circulating throughout the house. This conversation began when my younger sister Sherry informed me that she told one of her friends that she (the friend) shouldn’t like Miley Cyrus because she (MC) pole dances and calls Brittney Spears her role model.
The friend replied that God loves everybody so she, in turn, loves everybody and Sherry should also love everybody, because doesn’t Sherry sin too?
This became a conversation about weather or not God really does love everybody. Such a question doesn’t have an easy answer. It certainly doesn’t have a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.
The final answer that we came up with is: maybe. Maybe He does love everyone and maybe He doesn’t. There is indication of both in scripture. So the final prognosis is that God has a much greater capacity to love than I could ever dream of being capable of. He has an over-abundance of love that is pouring out constantly on nations that mock Him and spurn Him daily. Life itself indicates that God has more tolerance for people than I can even fathom.
So the answer is: There is a good chance that God could love everybody in the whole world. There is also a good chance that there are a few who have actually earned His hatred. Who are those unlucky few? I guess we’ll never know.
Since that question can’t be answered easily, I’ll turn to an easier one.
As this conversation was finding it’s way between siblings, another question arose. Should we, as God’s children, love Miley Cyrus and Brittney Spears?
When Caleb asked me if I thought we were supposed to love pole dancers, I replied, “Sure. And sometimes it’s easier to love pole dancers than it is to love some Christians.”
This question, at least, has an easy answer. God says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Phew. That was simple enough. And I wouldn’t exactly put Miley Cyrus or Brittney Spears in the “enemy” category. We’re in safe water; it’s okay to love them, even if they do dance with poles.