Courier – It’s one of the more toxic emotions that we can’t seem to put to right use. It’s hatred. Didn’t know that there was a right use? We’re supposed to hate evil. We on the other hand, use our hatred for evil. We hate things that are different from – exactly opposite of – us. Now we are seing a resurgence in hatred. Hate groups are founded by the hundreds. The popular hatred is against races, but that isn’t the only thing out there to hate. Hatred has a legacy that is longer than its shadow.
I grew up where out of hate, an entire indigenous people was marched on a trail of tears to their territory which was later awarded as prize to those fast enough to lay claim to it. I grew up knowing that in its early capital a riot had caused the death of almost every african american in the city. I’ve seen what happens when people hate.
Now I see a new kind of hate, right where the line is drawn at same and different. Everywhere legislation comes up to be decided on, two crowds gather and both are suffienctly hateful of the other. Opinions become weighty and tensions run high. Both sides try to use the media to get their message out: They are right and the other side is wrong. As long as even an ounce of hate comes from your side, you are wrong.
I’m on one side and I’ve got family on the other. That family member’s spiritual situation is of more importance than earthly hapiness. Those of us who have our spiritual dominoes in order fall exactly in line with the Word of God. So it is possible for that person to be a Christian on that side? Let’s find out. Take a rubber band. Let one hand be that side and the other be the other side and pull. Keep on pulling. A little more. It should snap about now. As long as one feels the pulls both ways, guess which one is going to win? It’s the same with most vices. Now all that rubber band is good for is to be thrown away.
You can’t mess with the word of God, people have tried to do something about it for the last two thousand years – without success. It’s unlikely somebody would come up with something anytime soon. Of course, Jesus already told us this story:
“19”Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22″The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24″No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” – Matthew 6:19-24
You can’t serve two masters. Be it God or money, God or hate, self or selflessness, or whatever else it is. There is a reason why God gets a pretty big share of the things that are hated pie. His words are unchangeable. Nobody is innocent in his eyes. Not even me. So which master has your heart?