Hate is a cancer in our modern culture but it isn’t new to the United States or the world. Hate is literaly as old as time itself. The dictionary defines hate, “to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest.” In the United States of the 21st century it is painfully obvious our differences have boiled over into a classic definition of hate. Black, brown, white, red, yellow, whatever the color, whatever the “orientation” or “preference,” we live in a time when our differences produce intense hostility. It is high time we stop the hate now! But how???
What causes our passions to be inflamed into hostility and hate? How can our deeply held ideals become fuel for hatred toward those with whom we disagree?
Certainly professional agitators play a part in the grand theater being played out before our eyes. These are the ones who use their rhetoric to carefully craft a message which preys upon the less informed and downright ignorant among us. And herein lies the second culprit or cause of so much hate: ignorance.
If you were to take a survey of the man or woman on the street you would quickly find a gross ignorance both astounding in scope and shocking in depth. Most Americans have little idea of their country’s history much less the greater world at large. Simple and basic questions facts of our common history are unknown and the result is the inability of much of our populace to see their own place in history. Such ignorance leaves one at a severe disadvantage to deal with current circumstances in a constructive and informed manner.
But agitators, circumstances and ignorance are not enough to explain hate. Hate is not a systemic, educational or economic problem The real culprit is the same which led Cain to murder his brother Abel those many thousands of years ago. Mankind is plagued with a disease of the mind and soul. This disease has a cure but it isn’t one fully realized at any point during our lifetime. This disease is sin.
Sin is more than a thought, word or action contrary to God’s will. Sin is also a power at work in the heart and mind of mankind. This “power” tempts, compels and leads us into destructive beliefs, ideas and actions. Sin leads us into a self-serving life of rebellion against God and absent of love for our fellow man. Sin breeds hate.
The rhetoric of our leaders may make some feel better. Their speeches may give hope to the masses. The protestors might give the minority an outlet for their anger. But, the only real solution to what ails our culture is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus died to defeat the power of sin in the life of every man, woman, boy and girl. There will never be enough money, social programs, educational initiatives or bright politicians to fix what ails us. What the world needs is Jesus. What WE need is Jesus. May God’s church pray for our city, state, nation and world to be revived and brought to the feet of Jesus.
There is one answer and remedy for hatred of any kind. There is one solution to the many problems we face. There is one path to a life lived free from the power of sin and death. Black, brown, red, yellow and white hate, all hate, is remedied by the love found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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