Yan's Corner - In Touch

Monday, March 27, 2006

Whom Should I Love More?

The Borneo Post carries this AFP story today,

British men love football twice as much as their women

London: British men show far more loyalty, commitment and self-sacrifice towards their favourite football team than towards their partners, according to a study.

Some 94 percent said they would never stop loving their team no matter how bad they were while 32 percent would galdly ditch a relatinship that was not going well, the survey of approximately 2,000 men across Britain found.

Psychologist Aric Sigman said: "If men showed the same fidelity, commitment, self-sacrifice and honesty toward their partners, the divorce rate would halve overnight. In an age where politicians' loyalties are seen as chameleonic, where jobs and relatinships come and go, loyalty is now reserved for something men feel they can actually believe in: football."

The story continues with like a quarter of men admitted they would miss a family fineral to watch a game...

God commands us to love Him and people. There are times when you need to love God more than people.

Jesus said, "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters - yes even his own life - he cannot be my disciple.: (Luke 14:26 NIV)

Jesus is using hyperbole - hyped-up language - to teach two things:

Your love for God is to be greater than your love for any person - even those closest to you.

You need to obey God rather than people.

That's it - love God more than people. God wants us to have an enormous love for every person in your life. But he wants you to have a love for him that's even bigger!

Well, how about that for a Monday morning? I am off to Cats City for two days!

2 comment(s):

If one loves his/her hobby more than the spouse, that could sour marital relationship or even cause eventual break-down.

Loving God to the extreme, spending "much" time doing His work and answering His calls, I believe, could cause similar friction between spouses, unless BOTH are equally into it simultaneously, and needless to say, their love-life should still be healthy and yet spiritual!

Of course, God will bless the marital relationship to last, but in humble mind, it will be like balancing on a tight rope. It is precisely for this reason, that I fully support celibacy in the clergies - priesthood or pastorate.

Sorry, if I sound too offensive.

Cheers, Yan

By Blogger Joepsc, at 12:10 am  

Joe,

It's okay to be different. Perhaps, I have not very clear in what I want to say -

God commands us to love God and people. There are times when we need to love God more than we love people.

Jesus said, "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters - yes, even his own life - he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26, NIV)

Jesus is not saying that we should hate or dislike our family members.

Take for example, if we do not allow our children to on an outing, our children need to obey this order. This order does not viloate any of God's command. But if we tell our children to lie about their age in order to get a discounted rate to Lionel Ritchie show (RM1550 lah!), then our children have to obey Him instead of parents.

That's what it's - Love God more than people.

Not sure if I get the message across this time.

Thanks for sharing.

Yan

By Blogger Yan, at 10:35 am  

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