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!