Two Sundays ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to share special music at church and for the first time ever, he actually sang with me! And sounded fantastic if you ask me (usually he just plays guitar). But we chose a song that had been weighing on both of our hearts called Hosanna by Hillsong United.
There is a line in the bridge that hits me to the core every time I hear it. It says, “Break my heart for what breaks Yours.”
As Christians, I think that we think we have a good idea of what breaks God’s heart. Its pretty easy to pick out the “big” ones such as the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. As the tears flowed down my cheeks as I watched the news coverage, I knew that God was crying too. I think that we all believe that human suffering in general is high on the list of what breaks His heart but I think sometimes instead of focusing on things like hunger, human trafficking, and the AIDS epidemic in Africa, we zero in on what we think is important.
In the faith tradition in which I was raised, homosexuality, divorce, and alcohol were some of the things that were focused on. And while I think that there are things about all three that do break His heart, I think our response is sometimes worse. As a body, sometimes our response includes hate and discrimination. Within our church walls, we gossip about the woman’s marriage that just ended. We shun the recovering addict. We “kindly” let the homosexual know the he is not welcome. I’m not just talking about the crazies who protest at funerals and have the “turn or burn” bumper stickers. How do we treat one another? Do we not think that THAT breaks God’s heart? Do we think we are doing Him a favor? Even within the Christian community, how do we treat others of a different denomination? I once heard from the pulpit of the church I grew up in that the pastor didn’t think it was wrong to be something other than Independent Baptist but that he would “rather go to heaven in a Cadillac instead of a Volkswagon.” I am pretty sure God’s heart broke that day.
Another line of the song states, “Show me how to love like You have loved me.” This should be the prayer of our hearts each and every day. What a difference we could make in the world if we could reach out in love instead of hate. If we could build bridges instead of walls among our differences. I am not saying that we need to embrace an “everything goes” policy as His Word still reigns but if we take His Word seriously, then we are called to LOVE.
I am far from perfect and many areas where I fail on a daily basis and I have been at a place in life where I almost left the church for good after confessing my struggles and then being shunned for it. It is a place where I never wish to be again and maybe its why this hits so close to home as I know how much different my life would be had someone not reached out in love and kept me from leaving the faith.
May this be the prayer of our hearts:
Heal my heart and make it clean.
Open up my eyes to the things unseen.
Show me how to love like You have loved me.
Break my heart for what breaks Yours.
Everything I am for Your Kingdom’s cause
As I walk from earth into eternity.