How did you respond to the previous post’s questions? My answers are:
- Only in the first scenario did the wife demonstrate love for her spouse
- In the second scenario, the wife demonstrated the opposite of love, which is not hate or anger, but indifference
When we are angry with someone it means that we care enough to respond strongly to what we consider to be their wrong beliefs and/or behavior. However, when we are indifferent to someone, when we have no feelings one way or the other about what they believe and/or do, we are showing that there is no care in our heart.
The wife in the second scenario was so indifferent to her husband that she raised no opposition to his self-destruction. The wife in the first scenario cared so much that she engaged her whole self in an attempt to prevent that same self-destruction.
When I engage in criticism of the PCUSA leadership it is a sure sign that I care about them and about what they are doing to the church. I believe that their beliefs and actions are causing destruction to themselves and the church, and thus must be opposed.
Were I to cease this criticism and move on to other things, that would be indifference.
The question now is how did we arrive at an understanding of Christianity that has led to practical indifference to virtually anything that others believe and/or do, which I believe is the exact opposite of love.