In 1965 Jackie DeShannon sang, “What the world needs now is love sweet love. It’s the only thing there’s just too little of. No, not just for some butfor everyone….” When she recorded that song we were in some pretty tough times in the country.Vietnam was on everyone’s mind. There wereprotestors on every corner it seemed. People were burning flags, spitting on returning soldiers and much more.
The intent of this article is not to focus on the1960’s but to draw some parallels today.
Today, we see school shootings going rampant. According to a CNN report issued May 25 this year there has been one school shooting every week this year. Why? What is the cause of all this? This is more than a race issue. It has more to do with theDeShannon recording than anything else. “What the world needs now is love, sweet love………foreveryone.
Bishop Michael Curry, a name not known by many until he preached his amazing sermon at the Royal wedding, said simply but powerfully “Love is theonly way!” “What the world needs now is love not just for some but for everyone.”
In Matthew 22 we hear, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The fact is, some folks are not easy to like, let alone love but it is not an option. If thisworld is ever going to find it’s way out of thedarkness we have to love ALL people not just thosewho love us. We love “because He first loved us.” Love, “it’s the only thing there’s just too little of.”