If I obsess about religious liberty but do not have love, I am no more than a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I judge and denigrate others and do my utmost to suppress them then I have not love.
If I claim I am persecuted while persecuting others, if I try to supplant their morality with my own and have not love, then I am nothing.
If I condemn others to hell because they do not subscribe to my beliefs, but have not love, then likewise I am nothing.
If I give nothing at all to the poor and say it is their own fault anyway, then I am without love.
If I say it is not up to me to fight for social justice and make defending Christian dogma my priority above everything else but do not have love, I am nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
If what I have, what I espouse, what I use to beat you with is none of these things then it is not love and I am a hypocrite unworthy of your attention.
The current line-up of The Clanging Cymbals is Scott Lively on Resounding Gong, Tony Perkins on Empty Vessel, Franklin Graham on Smug Tone, Pat Robertson on the Befuddlement, Robert Jeffress blowing his own trumpet and Steven Anderson contributing Heavy Flatulence.
Other members of the band are available for Self promotion, Church socials and Bar Mitzvahs. Pride events are excluded.