The Utopia of a Strange Love: When the Love of God is Mishandled
By Tavares D. Robinson

Love is a Virtue, but Truth is an Essential

I live in South Florida, which is home to many beautiful beaches. One day while performing baptisms at the beach, I began pondering the idea why biblical love could not exist apart from truth. Immediately, it hit me. The ocean is like love. The seashore/beach is like truth. The ocean is beautiful to behold, and can bring times of enjoyment and times of refreshment. The seashore protects, guides, and places a boundary from destruction. If there were no seashore to govern the ocean, it could become a great catastrophe. If truth does not set the boundary on love, then love can turn from being something beautiful to something monstrous. In declaring how his people should fear him, God speaks about how he created the seashore, in his providential act, to prevent flooding: “‘Should you not fear me?’ declares the Lord. ‘Should you not tremble in my presence? I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it’” (Jer. 5:22). As God has established the shorelines to restrain the mighty oceans, so has he ordained truth to restrain love. Love is a virtue, but truth is an essential. Truth is what gives love it’s meaning and value. If you remove the truth from love, you no longer have true love.

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