From Jes Kast-Keat
Love has been on my mind a lot lately. It's kind of the thing that theologically progressive Christian pastors hang their hat on when interpreting the Scripture. It also happens to be the thing that Augustine hung his hat on when interpreting the Scripture. In his book On Christian Doctrine he said, “The fulfillment and end of Scripture is the love of God and our neighbor.” This two-fold love is the window in which I choose to read the Bible through when preparing for a sermon, Bible Study or personal meditation.
If you have been following the lectionary we are currently reading 1 John which is packed full of the topic of love. These texts have left me perplexed, challenged, and wondering what exactly does it mean to incarnate love? Then I think of John 3:16 when the author writes, “For God so loved the world….” The world in Greek here is cosmos, which doesn’t mean only an elect group of people but cosmos is an all-encompassing word, which means everything in this universe. One definition of cosmos I found that I particularly like says that cosmos means “the ungodly multitude”. Ah yes, for God so loved the ungodly multitude as well as those pretending to be godlier than they are. God loves all and God is love, period
But again, what exactly does it mean to incarnate love in our daily lives.