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John Pavlovitz: If God Is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk

Angry, bigoted, judgmental, close-minded, intolerant, homophobic, and xenophobic are just a few often used to describe American Christians. 

Does this represent all of Jesus’ followers in America? Certainly not. But have you ever stopped and considered why these descriptors are so often used? 

The irony is that we know Jesus’ words, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another,” and we’ve sung that hymn, “And they will know we are Christians by our love. Yes, by our love. They will know we are Christians by our love.” 

And of the profound mysteries of God, 1 John makes it very clear that God is love. Therefore, our Creator’s essence is that of agapē, the highest form of love and charity. 

So, what’s the disconnect? What’s so lost in translation? 

We sat down with John Pavlovitz, the author of “If God is Love Don’t Be a Jerk,” on this week’s CBF Podcast Conversation. John is a pastor and activist, authoring several books, including “Stuff That Needs to Be Said” and “A Bigger Table.”

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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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