“Love is not rude, love is not self-seeking, love is not easily angered, love keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5)
Over the summer some commentator from one of the entertainment newspapers was offering his opinion on the huge success of NJ-based TV reality shows like ‘Jersey Shore’, ‘Real Housewives of NJ’ and ‘Jerseylicious’. One of the points this commentator made was that the nation is absolutely captivated by the outright shameless rudeness and ‘in-your-faceness’ of them Joisey stahs… you just can’t help but watch. The assumption, of course, was that secretly everyone wants to be as bold and rude and belligerent as the NJ crew… but some sense of decency (in most places other than NJ) precludes it.
Well… it is safe to say that we Jerseyians aren’t known for our ‘love’. And we have to admit that there is some truth to what those infamous t-shirts say: “Welcome to NJ where the weak are killed and eaten” or “Welcome to NJ… now go home!” and others.
How can we take 1 Corinthians 13 seriously in a place like this? How can we focus on love when it seems like everyone is always rude, self-seeking, and angry? Can we dare to be different?
It takes tremendous strength, ingenuity, toughness, and perseverance to actually pull that off. Thankfully, for all the junk New Jerseyians are known for… we are also known for this kind of toughness and ingenuity.
I think we can do it!