We see many expressions of hate in today’s world. Whether it is the venom spewed by white supremacists and their ilk or the vitriol aimed at President Donald Trump from various corners. The right and left should tone down their rhetoric, but do they really want to?
We humans are easily riled, especially if we feel slighted in some way. We allow ourselves to be offended at anything we disagree with and we want that offense corrected immediately by silencing the source. No discussion.
Hate is not a feeling that evolves in people, it is a condition originating in the human heart, an unrepentant heart. Certain organizations have taken it upon themselves to be the arbiter of who is hateful and who is not. They have no such authority. God is the Judge of what is hateful or evil, loving or good
Hatred stirs up anger and strife and puts us at odds with our brothers and sisters (our neighbors) whom Christ says we should love unequivocally. We all know in our hearts that we should not hate others, and to choose to do so is on us — not them, regardless of what they say or believe.
We also know in our hearts that love is the answer, forgiveness is the answer, but why won’t we choose them instead of hate? The deadly lying virus of political correctness gives people “justification” for hate and pushes them in that direction. This psychological bullying gives people a sense of power over others that is intoxicating but evil.
We must depoliticize our lives and begin to see other people as “like us,” with hopes and dreams for life and not as ideological enemies. America is famous for allowing people with opposite views to air their opinions, even opinions that we may personally find despicable, vile or wrong — the Supreme Court has ruled so, it’s called free speech. Let people have their say, ignore them if you like, and move on.
Why can’t we use some compromise and diplomacy instead of violent confrontation and name-calling? We must let love for one another rule the day. We need to understand that forgiveness of others is primarily for our own well-being. We turn the other person’s “issues” over to God. He has experience working this kind of stuff out.
Love is the most powerful force in the world — it is kind, does not seek its own, is not rude or easily provoked, it bears all things and rejoices in the truth. America and the world need a lot more of this love.
Mike Fullilove of Long Beach writes about local, state and national issues from a conservative perspective.