As a young child, I can remember watching a TV show called the Gong Show.  In some ways, it was like a precursor to all of the talent shows we see on TV today.  Contestants would go on this show and perform a talent, often times it was singing, but it could be anything.  If they were good, the lasted for the entirety of their act.  If they were bad, behind the judges, there was a giant cymbal, or a gong, if you will.  One of the judges would grab a giant mallet and hit the gong, letting the person know they were not sounding up to par.  In fact, most of the time, they sounded awful.  Yet, I do not remember how bad they sounded.  What I remember is the sound of that gong.  It was almost eerie. The sound of that gong would resonate long after the show was over.  It sounded like all that was wrong in the world.  It was a noise that stuck in your head long after the show ended.

Would you be offended if someone told you that you sounded like a gong?  I think that would be offensive, especially if I was not singing.  That is not a compliment, and yet the Bible tells us that we are just that.  In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul tells us that if we speak human or angelic voices but do not have love, we are a sounding gong.  To me, that serves as a wake-up call.  It tells me that without love, the world will only hear me as annoying gong.  If I don’t speak with love, then the world around me will never hear my voice, just the sound of a gong.  We need love.

In light of current events, we, as the Body of Christ, must be love first, before anything else.  We need to always show love to others the way Christ showed love to us.  No matter what is going on, love is the one thing everyone can understand.  “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”