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From the Pastor

From the Pastor

Our DEEPer series this year is entitled ‘Love equals’. What is love? – a question for the ages. Instead of trying to answer it, I will offer a few reflections about how our current culture is engaging with this enduring question.

Firstly, everyone agrees love is what we need. In the 1960s we heard the catch cry ‘Make love – not war’. Love was the alternative to Vietnam. Our decade has its own demons and battles. Homophobia, Islamophobia, sexism, domestic violence. And the answer to all of these, so we are told, is more love. 

Secondly, most people are searching for it. We might live in a society called ‘Capitalism’, but if you ask people what they live for? What is missing in their life? The answer is not more money. People intensely feel the need for meaningful love and relationships.

Thirdly, not everyone is finding it. Reality TV shows like ‘Married at First Sight’, or ‘The Bachelorette’; apps like Tinder and eHarmony reveal two truths about our culture: Lots of people are searching but many are not finding what they are looking for.

Part of the problem, I suggest, is that what we mean when we say we are looking for love and when we are defining love, has shifted. Love now means accept me without challenge. Love and affirm all of me including my warts.

Jesus summarises the Old Testament (OT) as “Love God and love your neighbour”. Love as the best expression of the human spiritual core is not new. But in Jesus’ teachings and life we find the clearest call, definitions, and modelling of what true love is. Join us, as we refocus our eyes on what Love equals, according to Jesus. The introduction to Deeper 2019 commences on April 28th.

          David Rietveld

          Senior Pastor