I don't like this bumper sticker.
Not because I'm opposed to love...
This bumper sticker comes to us from Mars Hill, courtesy of Rob Bell. The number of these things that I see on the road is an indication of how many followers Bell has. That I don't like.
The other reason..."Love wins" (the bumper sticker) is misunderstood. It was put out after Bell preached a sermon on the cross - "Love Wins" (although from what I've read about Bell, I think I'll look up what his version of the cross is).
If you ask most people about the sticker, they'll stand on 1 Corinthians 13 - "love wins, you know."
No, that's a mistranslation. Love never fails. Love lasts forever. Love perseveres.
But it doesn't always win. Love, once given, lasts. If it doesn't, maybe it wasn't really love in the first place.
But love does last forever.
I was reading Thomas Watson yesterday and he noted that love is the only grace that will last with us forever in heaven.
There will have no need of forgiveness, since there will be no sin.
There will be no need for baptism, since all there have been baptized in the Holy Spirit.
There will be no need for holy communion, since the Lord's Supper proclaims His death and resurrection until His return...and we will be looking at Him face to face.