They Will Know We Are Christians

This weekend I attended church via Facebook Live. Our church will start in person services next week. One of the songs played was a folk song created in the 1960s by Father Peter Sholtes. The song is called, “They Will Know We are Christians By Our Love.”

While humming this tune this morning, I reflected on that song and what it means. What does the word, Christian, conjure up in people’s minds today, especially in the United States? Does it mean I am a Republican? Or does it mean I am pro-life? Does it mean that I oppose gay marriage?

None of these sentiments express love. They are cultural issues, not necessarily spiritual ones. I am a Christian because I love God and I love others. That’s it. No other requirements.

The ideal to love is all I need. I can mess up because love covers a multitude of sins. I fall short so often of what I think a Christ follower should be. But to be labeled as a Christian by Jesus I have to love, not fret about my shortcomings.

I can love Democrats and Republicans, because love isn’t about political parties. I can love someone who supports abortion because, again, it’s about love, not the hot-button topic of the day.

I can love gays.

Jesus didn’t ask me to choose sides. He doesn’t require that I support Donald Trump. Or support Joe Biden. It’s not about that.

It’s about love.

Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

4 thoughts on “They Will Know We Are Christians

    1. You see, Felipe, my citizenship is in heaven, from which I eagerly wait for the Savior to redeem this Earth. Jesus doesn’t see party, nor ethnicity, nor legal status, in Christ we are all one family. He accepts sinners and saints, Democrats and Republicans, gay or straight, etc. I will pray for you to join that family, where everyone is equal and welcome at the table.


  1. I’ve always have had problems with “loving” God, given He’s intangible, invisible, unknowable, and the rest. It seems like too abstract a concept. I can more easily profess to love Jesus, given he was a flesh-and-blood person and his sermons and life story survive until today. I can love other people, be kind to them, treat them with respect, regardless of their politics—tough as that may be in today’s poisoned well of politics. But God, as such? I don’t know. It’s like embracing the morning fog or “loving” truth, it sounds like empty talk. You apparently don’t believe that.

    BTW I’m hooked on Pray as You Go. Thanks for that suggestion.


  2. I’m glad you like Pray As You Go. I never had an issue with God per se. Jesus is what God looks like though in human form. That’s what Scripture teaches. I wouldn’t worry too much about the God the Father issue. Trust Jesus. He will show you the Father.


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