At the end of the day, Jesus will not ask us who we were against or how much we defended our free speech or how we let everybody know where we stand politically. He will ask, “Did you love the least of these? Did you love your enemies? Did you give to those who can’t ever pay you back?” At the end of the day, all that matters is this: did we love well like Jesus loved us well?
I wrote that a long time ago, but I think I’d add a few things that Jesus might ask me:
“Did you love those who sin differently than you?”
“Did you love those who express political opinions that are diametrically opposed to yours?”
“Did you love yourself as much as I loved you when I went to the cross for you?”
“Did your love mean uncritical passive acceptance or did your love mean that you want to see that person become the absolute best version of him or herself?”
“Did you remember today to tell the people you love that you love them? Did you say the actual words, not assuming they know or hoping they’ll pick up on it by your actions, but with the words I LOVE YOU?”