We stand at the water’s edge of society, yelling at the objects of our Kingdom mission to clean themselves before we can come any closer. This is not Christian love, and as such it is neither winsome nor effective. Sadly, Christians who engage in this deficient love are often puzzled as to why their witness, which is defined by avoidance and contempt, is proving insufficient.
When we are asked what the opposite of love is, we often run to emotions like hate or anger. But I would argue that the opposite of love is disgust. When something disgusts us, it is virtually impossible to love it at the same time. For Christians to truly be at our best in this age of outrage, we must practice empathetic love and fight disgust.