I have a playlist in iTunes called #tbt. It contains Christian music released before 2000. Occasionally the sweet sounds of Amy Grant or Sonicflood fill my apartment, but this past week I was feeling more edgy so I went with some classic DC Talk. Toby Mac was LeCrae before LeCrae was LeCrae. In the beginning was the Mac… I digress. If you haven’t listened to DC Talk’s early material, check it out. My favorite track is “Luv Is A Verb” off the record Free At Last released in 1992. Even though the song came out over 20 years ago, the chorus is still relevant to how we live out our faith:
Words come easy but don't mean much
When the words they're sayin' we can't put trust in
We're talkin' 'bout love in a different light
And if we all learn to love it would be just right
So what does it mean to love? We have to make love a verb—an action—for it to really matter. We can use our words, but if they don’t mean much and we can’t put trust in the words, we need to reevaluate how we are showing our love.
Jesus tells a story in Luke 10:29–37 about a man who is robbed and left for dead at the side of the road. Two people who would have associated with him in public pass him by.
The third man, an outcast himself, passes by the man and decides to act in a loving way towards the man, bandaging his wounds and caring for him. This man, a Samaritan, would have never interacted with this man had he not seen him lying on the side of the road. In fact, the Samaritan does not say anything to the man. He simply cares for him.
Often we are confronted with moments were we can turn our words into action. We may never say anything, but we are known for the way we acted.
So go retro.
Remember that Luv is a Verb.