I watched a two-hour documentary Wednesday night at church called “Love Costs Everything.” It is about the plight of 100-200 million Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith at any given time. It was humbling, gut wrenching, encouraging, scary and a number of other emotions all rolled into one. It brought tears to my eyes. It struck me for a couple of reasons:
- The experience of American Christians is light years removed from the real world experience of so many others around the globe. That is on one hand good for us – who wants to experience persecution? But it also makes it easy to never really find out how serious we are in our commitment to and love for that which (or the One whom) we say we hold dear.
- When so many give up everything for the One they love literally more than life itself, they demonstrate what true love and commitment looks like.
Watching the broadcast reminded me that I have far to go to really show that depth of love to others in my life. I schedule my life around what I want to do for myself far more than what I want to do for others. There is much room for improvement.
It will be interesting to go from that reminder of the poverty, homelessness, imprisonment, beatings, executions, home and church burnings, etc., to the expected excess of comfort and worldly focus I will see at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas beginning March 8th. I’ll enjoy the conference like any geek would. Still, it’s good to have a reminder occasionally – however gut wrenching – of leap year lesson #67 – Love costs everything. What has it cost you lately?