All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that ‘God is love’. But they seem not to notice that the words ‘God is love’ have no real meaning unless God contains at least two Persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made, He was not love. Of course, what these people mean when they say that God is love is often some- thing quite different: they really mean ‘Love is God’. They really mean that our feelings of love, however and wherever they arise, and whatever results they produce, are to be treated with great respect. Perhaps they are: but that is something quite different from what Christians mean by the statement ‘God is love’. They believe that the living, dynamic activity of love has been going on in God forever and has created everything else.
And that, by the way, is perhaps the most important difference between Christianity and all other religions: that in Christianity God is not a static thing—not just a person—but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.
–Have you ever considered, when God asks us to follow His precepts and obey Him, that He is asking us to dance with Him while listening to His music? Amazing! Now that doesn’t sound so harsh and “restrictive”, does it? To even my dull ears that sounds like the Love of God!
When Christ tells us to follow Him, that He is asking us to dance with Him and follow His lead as we listen to His music! That thought can actually make me appreciate poetry more!
Just a thought. But I like that thought!