It’s easy to love a lovely person, but what about...them? What about that stereotype, that race, that person or group of people in a political, cultural, or socioeconomic class who don’t behave like you, don’t believe like you, and if you are honest…make you uncomfortable? What is love in this context? We read that Jesus broke boundaries to love the people that many detested. His love was transformative because His love saw past disagreement, indifference, and offense. Loving them? Like this? That’s hard.
If you consider yourself a Christian, then love should be your primary characteristic. But it seems that division defines us in our society where rage and anger abound. Today, many people see Christians as angry followers of God who are more interested in winning political arguments than loving people. If you say we follow Jesus but are not loving like Him, then what’s the point? There is a better way.
Publisher of Charisma House Marcos Perez interviews Pastor Choco to discuss the backstory, history, and intimate reasons for writing his new book Love Them Anyway.
Using the incredible story of how Pastor Choco chose to “love them anyway” to transform the crime-ridden community of Humboldt Park in Chicago, Love Them Anyway will inspire you to love in a way you never have. This book will pave a compelling path for you to both express and experience a truly transformative love on a deep level. It will tap into your deepest desires, expose your hesitations, connect you deeper with God’s love, and help you take bold steps to love the people around you—and your love will change lives. When you learn to Love Them Anyway, your passion will be redirected, your purpose will be refined, and you will see God use you in ways you could never have imagined.
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Wilfredo “Choco” De Jesús, former senior pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Chicago, one of the largest US congregations in the Assemblies of God, has been a consultant to President Obama and has also met with President Trump. Recently he was elected Treasurer of the General Council of the Assemblies of God, one of the highest positions in that denomination. He is the founder and executive director of New Life Family Services, a nonprofit agency that operates a homeless shelter for women with children. In 2013, De Jesús was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in recognition of his authentic Christian leadership in Evangelical and Latino communities. De Jesús lives in the Humboldt Park community of Chicago with his wife, Elizabeth, and their children.
"...a must read for every Christian who wants to learn to love like Jesus. It contains the remedy for the climate of division that plagues the church today. It’s a powerful and timely word."
"Every page in this book is a testament to the most powerful weapon we have as believers in a dark and hostile world—love."
"Pastor Choco's leadership transformed Chicago, and now his message stands poised to change the world. Beyond a must read, this is a must do!"
"Read this book and use it as a catalyst for change in your own heart and mind, transforming you into a living, breathing extension of God’s love to others."
"I commend Pastor Choco for not only writing this book but living its message every day as a powerful witness of the difference one person’s life can make when we choose to love them anyway."