A man sends bombs to those who oppose his political views. Another shoots up a synagogue because he disagrees with their religion. Our country has become one of hate. People bully and abuse each other online and in person just because they disagree with religious or political views. Some do so just for fifteen minutes of fame.
It’s time we do away with the hate. 1 John 3:11 tells us that The message you heard from the very beginning is this: we must love one another. The best way to end hate is to love one another. Not pointing fingers and holding any animosity. That’s what we, as humans, as Christians, should promote.
I don’t understand those who hate others for their political views. So we disagree. That’s okay. I don’t understand those who hate others because of the color of their skin. That color was a gift from God. He chose it for that person. Who are you to think you know better than God?
It’s time we start calling out those who are promoting hate. I’m not just talking about politicians and the media; I’m talking about those we follow on social media and those in person as well. Most people don’t realize they’re bullying others or passing hate unless it’s pointed out to them. Once they think about it, they usually stop, at least for a moment or two. Unfortunately, there are others who don’t care.
But we should care, especially if we use the word “Christian” as a description for ourselves.
More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate. ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Maybe instead of having television shows or movies about harming others, we should put into our minds things about love and encouragement. I’d like to see more Carol Burnett and less Saturday Night Live on television these days.
As an ending, I hope you all enjoy this wonderful song by The Youngbloods. Remember to love your brother and treat him with kindness.
And if anyone has a need for prayer for themselves or others, please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to pray for the situation.