Because I have been crazy busy lately, and because it’s been almost a month since my last post, and because I can’t think of a single thing to write about, today I’m declaring creative bankruptcy. Mainly to let you faithful readers know that I haven’t been abducted by aliens.
Also, to those of you whose blogs I regularly read and comment on, please accept my apologies for not getting around to your excellent posts. I promise I’ll get back in the groove when the smoke clears…
In the meantime, I’ll direct you to a post I wrote about this time last year called “Soup Kitchen Agape”. The word “agape” here is not the English word that means “wide open” but is a Greek word (pronounced “uh-GAAH-pay”) meaning “love”. There’s supposed to be a hash mark over one of the letters, I’m just not sure which one. Maybe some of you Greek scholars can enlighten me.
Anyway, this word “agape” has been floating around Christian circles since the 1970’s when every self-respecting Jesus Freak knew all the cool New Testament Greek words like “Koinonia”, “Maranatha” and of course, “Agape”. Of the three, Agape managed to become mainstream and survived into the new millennium. If you still use Koinonia and Maranatha, you are a hopeless Jesus hippie, lost somewhere in the middle of Act II of Godspell. But I digress (as those of us in creative bankruptcy so often do)…
The ancient Greeks, as the Sunday School lesson goes, had three words for love: one for friendship (Phileo), one for romance (Eros), and this Agape, the highest form of love, which of course, we have understood to be the kind of love God has for us. And because He has loved us in this way, we in turn are to show that same kind of love towards our fellow human beings. But in “Soup Kitchen Agape” I kind of turn that idea on it’s ear.
Well, it seems Agape has gotten a whitewashing over the years, and has come to mean this “I love everybody in the world” kind of thing. In other words, “I love people I don’t even know or even like or even care about”. Or more to the point, a love without relationship. A love without affection. A love of obligation. And I don’t think that’s the kind of love God wants to bestow upon anybody.
It’s all explained better in the post, so please have a read and maybe let me know what you think:
(Read “Soup Kitchen Agape”)