I’m sure you’ve seen the title of this post before. It came into the national conversation during the Vietnam War, back when I was barely a glimmer in anyone’s eye.
The thing about this statement is that it is saying that these two things are mutually exclusive. It’s as though one cannot hold love and war in their life at the same time. I’m not going to speak for everyone, but I don’t really think that to be the case.
I feel the same way about something I tweeted the other day. My tweet was some like this:
We are not called to make music, but to make disciples.
I felt pretty proud of myself after sharing this on the Twitter. Here is the funny thing. I got several likes when it made its way to Facebook. However, I got some push back on Twitter.
The push back came because someone took exception to it. They said THE way to discipleship is through making music, mainly because that is how it happened for them.
Sorry, but I can’t buy that one either. But I did change my mind a little.
I don’t think the main thing we are called to do is to make disciples or make music. It’s not either/or. It’s not one or the other. Instead, I think we’re called to something greater.
I think we are called to glorify God in everything we do. How do we do that?
By making disciples. By making music. And so much more.
We might glorify God through every bite of food we take, through every swallow of drink we take in.
We might glorify God by running a marathon or walking to the mailbox.
Maybe it’s by driving the speed limit and stopping at yellow.
It could be anything.
It could be by making love or making war. Or both.
Sometimes I think that I was born a couple of decades too late. My favorite music comes from the 1960’s, which means I should have been born no later than the early 1950’s to have really enjoyed it when it was first hitting the scene.
The 60’s were a tumultuous time. The Vietnam War was on the evening news. The Beatles were on top of the world. The hippies were found in Haight Ashbury. And make love, not war a popular slogan.
Now, I’m older than I would have been if I had grown up during that time. Hopefully, I’m a little wiser. What do I know? That slogan provides a shallow foundation for one’s life. Instead, our slogan should be different, even if the difference is only slight.
Make love and war.
We who follow Christ are in a war. True, it is a war that is already one, but a war it still is.
It is a war that affects our souls. It is a war that has casualties and human capital.
It is a war of paradox, one that appears to be upside down from what life looks like.
It is a war of love. It is a war with love at the center.
It must begin with the love of God before flowing to the love of people.
We must take a war-time mentality. This means that we must love even when love doesn’t seem to be there. We must fight for love before we fight for anything else.
We must make love AND war. War against our enemies. War for each. War for our relationship with the Lord.
We must war.