Love is in need of love

Stevie Wonder wrote a song entitled “Love’s in need of love today.” This song appeared on his mid-1970’s album called “Songs in the Key of Life” – still one of my favorite albums of all time.

It’s interesting that in the 70’s, Stevie could write a song so profound and so true. It made me wonder that if a song like this was needed in the seventies, what would this song say today.

He said, “Love’s in need of love today. Don’t delay, send yours in right away. Hate’s going around breaking many hearts. Stop it please, before it goes too far.” Stevie’s vision explains the darkness of racial prejudice and despair in the world and thought that if we all could just help love out, it might survive.

The difference in the world today and in the 70’s is that back then, the world had somewhat of a conscience. You could speak the truth and people actually had a harder time violating it in the 70’s than they do now.

Hypocrisy runs wild. Things that are evil are now acceptable. Wrongdoing can go on now and if the media doesn’t tell us it’s bad, we don’t care. Just how did things get so turned around? Let me give you a few examples of what I’m talking about.

We have been pushing democracy off on other countries, telling them it’s better for them. We tell them that it’s the best way to run a government – for the people and by the people. We sent this message to Iraq, remember, in 2000. We boasted about voting, but had a hard time counting our own votes. We told them the freedoms we share, but the controversies of the 2000 and 2004 elections didn’t speak of freedom at all – just hypocrisy.

We watched for almost a decade (eight years to be exact) as the Republican Party destroyed the fabric of countries future by leading us into a bogus war and spending trillions of dollars. Now, the Democratic Party feels they must spend trillions of dollars too. The first group says it was spending money for the safety of America. The second group claims they’re spending money on the welfare of America. The truth is that when you look beyond the surface of what each is saying you won’t find any help for America – just hypocrisy.

Michael Vick was in the prime of his life when our society took taxpayers money to prosecute him for running or housing a dog-fighting operation. It seems that Mr. Vick should have been eating these dogs – then it would have been ok. The reason you ask? Well, if you (and the animal rights activists) really take a hard look at the way we raise, treat, and slaughter chickens, pigs and cattle in this country, you would understand my point. Are these not animals? Or does it magically become “OK” if we’re eating them? I wonder about the countries that eat dogs. If Vick goes to jail for what he did, shouldn’t we be at war with those countries that eat the covenant dog? Once again, this is nothing but hypocrisy.

The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:8, “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” This must be the fix. Love. The only way love will cover a multitude of sins would be if we let it. We would have to begin loving people through their troubles. We would have to start loving good rather than evil. We would have to try to practice what we preach and only place expectations on ourselves.

Is it possible for us to choose to build up one another rather than to tear down each other? Is it possible for us to help those around us first, before traveling abroad to assist in any relief efforts? Is it possible for us to love one another so much that we become the place we say we are?

That’s my goal. Is it yours?