Because of Jesus

Have you heard? There is no law against love.  Let me write those words again.

There is no law against love.  

A gentle and true answer to the policeman’s question.

“There is no law against love.”

Looking for a reason to arrest those attending a meeting of believers but not actually having the authority that day at least one heard,

“There is no law against love.”

In the face of the harshness of a lost world and frustrated at your seemingly inability to change anything, remember,

There is no law against love. Remember.  NO law against love.

My heart was broken for this broken frightened people without hope or agape. They don’t know there is no law against love. They only know the laws that keep them from love. From God’s love.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/22/china-nation-cold-hearts/print

The fundamental problem, in my view, lies in one word that describes a state of mind: shaoguanxianshi, meaning don’t get involved if it’s not your business. In our culture, there’s a lack of willingness to show compassion to strangers. We are brought up to show kindness to people in our network of guanxi, family and friends and business associates, but not particularly to strangers, especially if such kindness may potentially damage your interest.

As I read this article, my memory drifted back to stories told by eyewitnesses. Harsh truths of a people who have many layers of protections to keep the heart from engaging. Here are 3 stories.

A man dropped dead outside a restaurant across the street from a local school that also housed an international school. The morning hours passed. He still laid on the sidewalk…uncovered.  The international teacher called from the classroom located on the restaurant side.  “How am I to take my class (kindergarten) to the lunch room? We must pass by this body.” It was appalling. After consultation and calls, the decision was made to take the bold step of covering the body. Why bold?  The internationals chose to get involved. Refusing involvement, the restaurant owners said it made them responsible. The family must take care of the body. The litany to explain away the attitude and lack of response was stunning.  Helplessness was felt as the hidden secret of the ancient land was exposed. 

The scene was different from other mornings. The morning energy was missing from the market scene. The taxi driver drove through turning a blind eye not slowing down. It did not matter.  The foreigners in the backseat saw. They saw the man laying on the side of the road with what seemed to be blood by his head. Their eyes were not blind so they took the only action available. Prayer. 

The older woman, a survivor of a horrible time of hate in her country, marveled at the care foreign friends offered her and her family in time of need, wondered aloud, “Why do you help me and others? Why do you help each other who you do not have any obligation too? Why are you kind?”

Because of Jesus. Because of Jesus. 

And that is why the telling is still needed; anywhere, everywhere,

why the loving is necessary.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Blessings, Linda  

Linking with Walk with Him Wednesdays at A Holy Experience and

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About chinamom3078

I am a woman who loves Jesus who loved me first. Prone to wander and distraction is common for me as I seek to reflect Him in my daily life. I am wife, mom, and grandma who has lived on 3 continents in 26+ apartments, townhouses, military housing, suburbs and now a 200 plus year old farm house. Preparing and hosting meals for the hundreds who have passsed through our home has been a joy and blessing to our family as we listened and shared over meals, coffee, light nights and Bible studies. A rich life! I have reached the age to feel qualifies to be an ”older woman” (as in Titus) even though I feel far from old and have plenty of room to grow each and everyday. And my joy is to teach Bible studies and help train other women to lead well.
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One Response to Because of Jesus

  1. stephanie says:

    Powerful Linda. Thank you for this post.

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