2 John 4-6
I was elated to see that some of your members are really living, just as God intends for us. But friends, I’m asking that you love each other. I’m not asking anything new here. It’s what we’ve always insisted on from the start. Love, by doing what Jesus says. From the start, this has been the whole point.
Some people are really living. Some people are really loving. Some people are doing what Jesus says.
Even in the early church, so often held up as the paradigm to get “back to,” some people are really getting it. Others are just going through the motions. They’re not so different. “Getting back” to a mythical “golden age” (whether it’s the 2nd century church to which this letter was written, or the mid-20th century post-war, baby-boom church with Sunday School classes bursting at the seams), only means going back to a time when some people get it and others are going through the motions.
The point is not to recreate an ideal past. The point has been, from the beginning, to “get it” here and now.
The point is not to pine nostalgically for glory days, but to really, truly live today.
The point is not to wish for love’s labors lost, but to love by doing what Jesus did in the present.
That’s the point. Always has been. From the start.