“It is no surprise to anyone reading this that our country is in a season of crisis. Racial injustice, social and economic discrimination, political fighting (and infighting) and much more. We see how the choosing of sides, labeling others, and treating opponents as enemies is fracturing our society. We also see it damaging Jesus’ church, when people adopt the prevailing mindset of the times. Friends, it should not be this way. The Church should be a positive example of a community that is guided by, and kept in line by, two guardrails – truth and love. The truth is what we find in the Bible, when it is clearly and rightly understood, and the Bible is where we learn about what love really is. Love is not a feeling or emotion, but a chosen commitment to put the needs of others above our own. It is the hallmark of a true follower of Christ. In the New Testament letter, written by one of Jesus’ closet friends and disciple John, we find this passage that spells it out for us: “We love each other because he loved us first.” 1 John 4:19 NLT. This simple, but clear, statement captures the heart of how we are to treat everyone. Our model is Jesus, period. The question we need to ask ourselves when we are about to react or respond to someone is, “How would Jesus treat them?” Anything different puts us in danger of disrespecting Him, and misrepresenting Him to others.