Love is one of the most difficult terms to apply, yet all humans desire to be loved. Conditional love is wrongly defined as love. But, conditional love has got nothing to do with the correct definition of love. A mixture of love and hatred is worse than hatred itself. Love is a term that is not associated with this world. The proponent of true love, Jesus Christ, was ruthlessly murdered, showing that love is not associated with this world.
The beginning point of misunderstanding love is in marriage. When engaging in marriage, the couple assumes to love each other. However, romantic love is conditional. It does not describe the love that was exercised by Jesus. What is commonly missing in romantic love is allowing the other person to be him/herself. Neither the wife nor the husband is free in a marriage.
Infidelity is unacceptable because the other person would have violated the marriage covenant. Marriage provides for conditional Love. Anything bound by a covenant is sustained in conditional love. In Biblical terms, this explains what happened to the Israelites—causing the redundancy of the Old Covenant between God and the nation of Israel.
The Israelites received blessings, only on the condition that they obeyed God’s laws. I suppose, by raising the nation of Israel, God intended to show the unworkability of conditional love. The unconditional love caused Jesus to be crucified on the cross, even though Jesus could not be found with any trace of sin, in his conduct.
Denominationalism is what exposes modern Christianity. You are considered a member of a denomination, only when abiding by the doctrines of that denomination. Rather than confront those considered as teaching heresy, denominational leaders would rather excommunicate such people. This behaviour was first practised by the Roman Catholic Church, against Martin Luther.
They could not confront Martin Luther. Excommunicating him was most convenient. But, generally, it is the darkness that cannot confront the light. Darkness disappears in the presence of light. If the Catholics honestly thought that Martin Luther was preaching heresy, they would have confronted him with the truth.
However, the authorities could not withstand the countenance of Martin Luther. It is possible, Martin Luther might have been erroneous in his theses. Therefore, that could not have presented a threat against the Catholics. An honest person does not feel threatened by those truthfully evaluating what he stands for. He accepts what is true, and discards only what is false, using facts.
Our Zimbabwean political situation could easily be used to illustrate the matter of conditional love. Anyone who disagrees with the leader of ZANU PF is labelled an enemy. This does not consider how truthful the person might be. A person is labelled treasonous, as long as critical of the president. Recently, Chief Murinye was on the news, denouncing corruption in ZANU PF.
He had all along assumed that ZANU PF represented the ideals of the Zimbabwean people. However, he got disturbed recently, after his first-hand witnessing of corruption. He tried to whistle-blow but got ignored. The leadership of ZANU PF threatened him with dethroning from his chieftainship.
Only the outsiders could sympathize with Chief Murinye. Insiders will go along with the narrative that he is an enemy of ZANU PF. He faces expulsion from his party, which cannot confront him on matters of principle. Although no one can tell exactly what goes on in Chief Murinye’s mind. His case reveals a point on the question of conditional love.