Conditional: (adj) subject to one or more conditions or requirements being met
There are certain things you cannot do in America:
You cannot be mean to your puppy on Main Street.
You certainly cannot suggest that the red, white and blue color scheme of the flag clashes.
And you risk life and limb if you even whisper that the phrase “unconditional love” was invented in the office of a pop psychologist and immediately adopted by Hallmark Cards.
Any mortal who wears skin, pumps blood and allows that circulation to reach his or her brain, is fully aware that we need love to have some conditions.
When left to ourselves and told that we’re “fine the way we are”–that the affection offered in our direction is not contingent on some facets of our behavior–we become tyrants.
Especially comical is the notion that our Creator–God–would extend such a gift to His creation, considering that He is fully aware of both our heavenly potential
and our notorious naughtiness.
That is why the Good Book is full of “if and then’s.”
“If you do this, then you will get this…”
- If you have faith, you can move mountains.
- If you believe, you will be saved.
- If you are generous, it will be measured back to you.
- If you judge, it will be metered at you with the same intensity.
Though we want to convey the depth of our emotion and appreciation for one another, it is certainly devious to suggest that our human feelings are not conditional. If they were not conditional, we couldn’t be of help to one another.
After all, sometimes a certain amount of intervention is necessary to get our mate out of bed to go to work. At that point, he or she might insist that we do not love them. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We just know that if they go to work, we can go out to dinner on Friday night and actually afford an appetizer.
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