There was a song that was released in 2003 which quickly became very popular nearly over night. This song is “Where Is The Love?” by the Black Eyed Peas. The key lyrics are as follows:
What’s wrong with the world, mama
People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that’ll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin’
In the USA
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
Now, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y’all, y’all
People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt can you hear them cryin’?
Can you practice what you preach?
And would you turn the other cheek?
Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love? (Love)
Where is the love (the love)
Where is the love (the love)
Where is the love
The love, the love?
Even though the song was written and released back in 2003, speaking about the issues happening in the world at that time, the relevance transcends time. It is still relevant today, as much as it is also relevant in the time of the Jesus and the Early Church.
In the Gospel for today, this is exactly what Jesus was addressing to his disciples! “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13: 34-35) I do not know if Jesus could have been any clearer, yet for some reason humanity has continued to somehow ignore this commandment; Christians and non-Christians, alike! And it saddens me to say that I find it sickening that oppression, condemnation, and hatred have continued to exist, ESPECIALLY when people have justified it in the name of God! Like, HELLO PEOPLE!!! Why have we not (myself included) got the memo, even 2000 years later???
In Revelation, John tells of his vision of a new heaven where all of this bad stuff going on today does not exist. Yet, how can that place exist if humanity cannot turn away from what we are doing here on Earth? Do people think that as long as they preach portions of The Gospel, while not living other parts of it, this so-called “Rapture” is going to occur? There is a huge disconnect from this new commandment that Jesus gave us, and we are blind to it!
I encourage everyone reading this sermon to look up the song “Where Is The Love?” on the Internet (YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, etc.) and really listen to the words. Even though it is a secular song, Jesus is speaking to us in the lyrics, just as he was instructing his disciples. And I also ask all of ourselves if we are loving one another. If not, are we going to do something about it???
Credits:Songwriters: GEORGE JR PAJON, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, MICHAEL FRATANTUNO, PRINTZ BOARD, ALLAN PINEDA, WILL ADAMS, JAIME GOMEZ
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