Ok, so I felt somewhat foolish after reading even the first few comments on my last post, because it's so OBVIOUS that love isn't a testimony, it's like the earth that the testimonies grow in.
But then I'm left with an even bigger question, why do we talk about the testimonies so much and love so little?
It's like the testimonies are rules that you can follow - because you want to be a "good quaker" - or a 'good person" or whatever.
And I used to get a bit squeamish when folks would say it's not all about the testimonies because I thought they were saying:
a) it's all about God (and therefore, as a nontheist, it has nothing to do with you)
b) even worse, God might change "his" mind - if he's the God of the Bible he might (in my opinion) change it to something sort of icky - he might chuck equality out the window and tell us to slaughter all our enemies, except keep the little girls for sex slaves (reference, anyone? I'm so bad at Biblical references) or to kill our first born child or something.
me and God still have some talking to do....
But back to the "love" thing - while I'm not about calling it God, I think there is something, and love is a decent word for it, that grounds the testimonies, and nourishes them. It might even seem to undermine them (in moments where it says - yes, lie to that slavecatcher about whether there is a runaway in your basement - sad that I can't think of a more current example) but it can't be truly undermined, though it can be ignored.
We don't use "SPICE" much in my first day school class. I think it's kinda corny anyways... but I think every now and then we manage to touch on the rest of it, even glancingly...