The cardinal Christian virtue is that of love. When Jesus was asked to choose the most important law in the entire Torah he focused his answer on love. It is sad that when many people who are outside of the Christian faith are asked their opinion of Christianity the word love is not prominent. Too many people have carried the name of Christ along with words of hatred and an attitude of superiority, to the world at large and have thus damaged the name of Jesus Christ.
As someone with a more unique last name I am always aware of my connection to my family. I want nothing more than to spare my mother and my father from the embarrassment of their son’s stupid actions. Likewise, Christians should live with the full knowledge that their actions do reflect, both positively and negatively, on the person of Jesus Christ.
As believers, we should be focused on bringing glory to God by loving as he loved us. As a student ministry, we should be focused on showing love to people who come from a variety backgrounds, so that they will have an appropriate view of God and his love.
It is a big task to love others. Many people are simply “unlovely” but the whole of the law, according to Christ is summed up in the simple command to love God and to love others. Let’s take it seriously. Let’s love as we have been loved.