We often hear about the "Christian Right," or "Conservative Christians." Yet, if you think about it, Jesus was the original liberal.  He cared about motives more than the deeds themselves (Matthew 23:5 & Mark 12:41-43) and more about compassion than adhering to rules (Luke 6:1-11 & Luke 13:10-17). This blog will reflect liberal Christian values of compassion, tolerance, mercy, charity, a thirst for knowledge & understanding, and, above all, love.

Friday, June 11, 2021

No Time For Hate


"But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes."~ 1 John 2:11 (ESV)

My nurse was giving me a shower the other day when she bumped head on the soap caddie.  It smarted, but there was no blood or goose egg or anything.  Yet, as soon as cranium hit fixture she exclaimed, "I hate that thing!"  The target of her loathing was an inanimate object, so no feelings were hurt.  It struck me that we use the word as easily as we clear our throats. 

HATE [heyt]
verb (used with object), hat·ed, hat·ing.
to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest:to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.

It's a powerful word.  It's more than simply not caring for the target.  It's disliking with a passion, a venom.  Personally, I've never hated and been happy at the same time.  Joyous feelings have  always been pushed out by feelings of anger, bitterness, and sadness. 

I'm a political junkie, and when certain politicians come on the news, I've been known to tell the room, "I hate that *#$&%!"  While I was weighed down by bitter feelings, the politician in question was oblivious to my self-inflicted emotional suffering. 

As negative as hate is, it seems to be everywhere these days.  People belonging to racial minorities hate the police.  Pockets of white America hate people belonging to racial minorities.  Hard nosed Christians hate gays & lesbians.  Our political leaders hate each other so much they won't sign bills sponsored by the opposing political party.  

Hate is pointless. 

It's counterproductive. 

It's destructive. 

Hate requires time and energy.  The time and energy we dedicate to hate is time and energy we're not spending on something fun and/or productive, and the hater is the one who loses out the most.  Lets axe it from our schedules and our lives. 

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