“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Great words we should all live by from Dr, King. Yet, and especially in the wake of tragedy, all many of us seem to do is spew hatred all over people we disagree with.
From the woefully misguided Arizona pastor who ranted on YouTube about being happy that homosexuals were slaughtered, to commenters on this very blog who tell me I am the equivalent of ISIS on paved streets because of my faith in Christ, to unhinged rants about the NRA, to people beside themselves with rage over Christians praying for victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting, to people berating the father who tragically lost his son to an alligator attack, to all the amateur political pundits and social justice warriors who never have a kind word for anyone who dares to disagree with them…
Even if you’re only halfway paying attention, it’s impossible not to notice that all we seem to do as a society these days is hate. Why? What’s the appeal of willfully burdening ourselves with hatred? Have we lost our way? Do none of us understand that hating someone is like drinking poison and waiting for another person to die?
I know that God is dead in popular culture but even godlessness and not being bound to the biblical command to love our enemies doesn’t seem like a valid excuse to feverishly ejaculate hatred all over the place, all the time.
So, for a time anyway, even if it’s only for a day, I think we would all do well to, whether you want to call it prayer, positive thinking, meditation, or something else entirely – focus on positive things about those we spend so much time and energy hating.
Life is hard, we live in trying and difficult times, the world can be an awful place…
Why then, should we wilfully add hatred to our burdens?