I’m a Twitter fiend. I’m on the website most days because the people I interact with bring up great topics and since I am somewhat of a “people watcher” (not in a creepy sense, lol), Twitter is the place for me. I like to listen to the views of others, especially those that challenge me to really think about my own views. That said, last week one of my “tweeps”, @twendsetter54, asked a good question. That question was: “How can you really love somebody you don’t know?” I had to think about this for a moment, because my first thought was “As a Christian, I am supposed to love everyone, which of course includes strangers.” But I do not think that is the complete truth, there has to be more to it than that.
It is easier to love a stranger because they are just that, a stranger. You do not know their flaws, their little idiosyncrasies, the things that really make, or break, all relationships. Ignorance of who a person really is blinds you and makes it easy to profess your love of said person. This is not necessarily a bad thing (this started to sound negative), but it is a superficial love. The real work happens when you’ve seen the smudges, the stains and love a person in spite of the blemishes. It can be difficult because many of us want perfection immediately and that is unrealistic.
So now I ask you, how can you love someone you don’t know?