i posted the micro version of this on twitter, so if you saw that tweet, here are some expanded thoughts. and if you didn’t see that tweet, here are some thoughts.
it started when i saw an anonymous message on a tumblr site.
tumblr is an interesting place. i regard it mostly as a place to blog, so to speak, pretty pictures. i don’t write much on it myself. i consider this blog to be my online writing place; i don’t really need another. some regard it differently. i can’t quite tell you how they regard it, except that what i see of their viewpoint manifests itself in messages, anonymous or not, that plead for prayer.
and the response of the girl whose site this was something i didn’t read through, because i was only taking a cursory glance at the site, but i did catch an oft used phrase at the end of it.
you are loved.
i have a grammatical issue with this statement.
and you’re like, “but annie, it has a subject and a verb. it’s totally a sentence.”
and that’s certainly true, but that’s not the grammatical issue i take with that sentence.
first of all: it’s a passive verb.
secondly: passive verbs throw tantrums over their want for an agent.
thirdly: who’s the agent?
fourthly: syntactically, who’s the focus? in this sentence, you are. you’re the recipient. you’re what
and maybe what gets on my nerves most: it’s cliché.
is anybody else beginning having an issue with this sentence?
i hate to use cliché to disprove cliché, but: love is a verb. it’s inherently active. it’s deliberate. it’s intentional. it’s a mighty force that forces your knees to buckle as we realize we don’t deserve the mighty wash of grace with which it comes.
and if love is active, it must come from somewhere. there must be a source. an active verb requires a corresponding subject, someone or something by which the action is executed and perpetuated. here, that is Jesus. He is the One who loves us with the fierceness that brings us to our knees in worship. He is Love with a capital L, love personified, love who dies and shows us how to do the same. He loves us, actively, passionately, intentionally, deliberately. and in phrasing His love for as actively, as it should, we must place Him first in the sentence, symbolic of the way we ought to seek putting Him first in our lives.
“you are loved” is truth. i will not deny that. but we were called to bold, fearless, Jesus love. and if He did not for a minute shy away from clearly articulating His purpose and His position as Lord, we shouldn’t either. let us be unafraid to speak His holy, blessed name. let us speak His truth with absolute clarity. let us say boldly:
JESUS. LOVES. YOU.