The point of this little post is to point out that all the #LoveWins pixie dust that whirled furiously around the Interwebs over the weekend was rather like cotton candy for dinner: all the kids love it, but it’s short on substance and disintegrates with nothing more than a little bit of warm spit. You know, kind of like the argumentation of Supreme Court majority opinions.
Saying Love Wins actually doesn’t say very much. We don’t know if something good or bad just happened. We don’t have enough information, yet. What or whom are you loving?
Both love and hate need direct objects. Grammar matters.
I like this little experiment I heard once:
1. I love _________.
2. I hate _________.
If you fill in the first blank with puppies, that is good. But if you fill in the blank with slitting puppies’ throats, then that is bad. I can’t imagine seeing the following tweet: I love slitting puppies’ throats! #LoveWins. I can’t imagine the Instagram photo of the White House lit up in red for the blood of headless poodles, tagged #lovewins.
If you fill in the second blank with black people, then that is obviously bad. But if you fill it in with human sex trafficking, then your hate wins. You should hate human sex trafficking.
So both love and hate come from God. God loves and God hates. More precisely, God loves some things and God hates other things. The trick is to love the people and things God loves and to hate the things God hates. We call this wisdom.
So, yes, love does win. And so does hate. Why? Because God wins.