Did Jesus Love or Love On…?
Kirk’s Question of the Day: What do you think of Christian language of loving “on” people (“…we just need to love on____”). It seemed to fade there for a while, but has recently been making quite a comeback (must have heard it 2 dozen times in the last 10 days).
For my part, I’m not a fan – not only because of the bad grammar – but mainly because I think it creates a strange distance. Somehow loving “on” people feels different (and safer) that simply “loving” them.
Loving “on” sounds like “acting lovingly” (not that I’m against it!), but behavior is different than actual connection. Loving “on” has – to me – a subtle air of condescension (someone just needs a hug), vs. a mutual vulnerability. To actually love someone is to engage in mutuality – I’m as vulnerable in this relationship as you are. To love “on” someone is to dole out loving behaviors from a secure distance.
I know that many good things happen in the name of “loving on” (and much loving “on” is genuine love that has simply adopted the idiom of the day). But I wonder if adding the preposition might put a slightly unhelpful spin on what we are actually called to do…