Hate Filled Hearts

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Photo Credit: vesselsofclay.org

By: Susan Bea Good

Earlier this year my 13 year old nephew was identified as a “ni**er.” His eighth grade class had been reading Huckleberry Finn. The teacher informed the class of the literary context of that demeaning racist label. She also made clear that this was a hateful expression of bigotry. Nonetheless, one classmate used the term on my nephew. My nephew is Black. The classmate is White. The school responded quickly and apologies were made.

Though we’re all born with the capacity, children learn to hate. I have no doubt that this particular racist label was learned from home. I happen to know the family, and am not at all surprised that a child of theirs would be involved in the denigration of another.

We’re all haters at heart. Everyone of us is tempted by our own particular heart-level of hate. Race, religion, and sex are just a few of the triggers that can unleash hatred towards those different from us, either by choice or by birth.

Christians are accused of being hateful because of their stands on sin. But I’ve observed and received what I interprete as true murderous-hate coming from those who disagree with biblical stands. It’s become commonplace here in America to punish, socially and legally, those accused of “hating” an ethnic minority, sexual deviant, or a religious tyrant. These groups are now considered “special,” and protected with laws and public support for their foundational hatreds.

Today biblical principles are considered hateful. Apostates, like former Evangelical pastor Rob Bell, throw fuel on the flames of false teaching, and further the error of those who truly hate.

If you are a Christ-follower, a believer in the Word of God, you can overcome your own tendency to hate. Understand that developing a loving biblical stand will be interpreted as hate. Hang on to God’s Words, He is the perfect loving Creator of all, even the haters.

(Jesus) “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.” (I John 2:11/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Hate Filled Hearts

  1. No, only when Christians actually hate are we called out on it.

    Remember If I want him to live until I come back, what concern is that of yours? Jesus’ servants are Jesus’ concern. Now, you imagine that your sister’s lesbian affair is sinful, and you proclaim that loudly. Or you campaign, to try and stop her marrying (even though your failure is inevitable). Not your concern, says Jesus. Hate, says everyone, because it is, preventing your sister in Christ’s true flourishing. Hate, because you have taken into yourself generations of hatred, such that you imagine it is normal and cannot recognise it is hate.

    If you responded in love to your sister, not trying to accomplish something which hurts her, but living in peace with her, no-one would call that hate. We only call it as it is.

  2. Another analogy. If you found someone lying in the street, and kicked him in the neck, he might shout at you. You would walk away, thinking, “Oh, what vitriol! What true murderous hate!” The answer is, don’t deliberately harm people. Most gay folks, like most folks, just want to get along.

  3. susanbeagood says:

    Clare, I’ve checked out your blog. I understand that you’ve have experiences that cause your strong feelings, which I respect. However, I’m unable to respond to your above comments, as I’m unsure what you’re saying to me. It might be helpful if you’d take a moment to check out another blog post of mine: https://hisbigpictureview.org/?s=love+stands

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