I love you. I will say it - if you are reading this know that I feel some form of love towards you. The reality of it is that I love everyone. Some people I like and some I don't like - but I feel some form of love towards everyone I meet. If I know you personally and I bring you some cookies, or do something for you I am not doing it because I want something back, I am doing it because I care about you and want to do something for you. Now I will admit I have met people I have detested. People do make me angry. I have heard people say things that make me sick to the point where I just can't listen to them anymore, but when it comes down to it I love everyone and want to see good things happen to all.
With that being said lately I have been very disheartened. I have heard so much hate and anger spewed in every direction. Part of it was the election - being told that I couldn't care about my children if I voted a certain way. Hearing that people who are amazing Christians and loving people being told that they aren't Christians if they voted a certain way. Reading things like anyone who would vote for a certain person would have to be ignorant and on drugs.
Along with the election though I have heard people just say and do horrible things to each other. The young neighbor boy who is being made fun of because of his ethnicity. The horrible things I have heard and read aimed towards those who fall in love with someone of the same sex. Terrible things said about people who do not follow the Christian faith. The amount of hate I see around me brings tears to my eyes and breaks my heart.
I have a question for all of these people who feel this way and say this stuff. . . Why? What purpose does hating someone serve? Why would you hate someone who is Jewish? What has that person done to you? Why do you hate someone who's Grandparents are from a different country? I am betting if you looked at your family tree you would see that not long ago your ancestors were from a different country too. What does it hurt you if that woman you see is in love with another woman? How is that against you?
Life is hard for everyone. Bad things happen to good people all the time. Good things happen to bad people all the time. Life is what it is. I think we all know this. So why would you make it your mission to go out of your way to make someone's life harder? What do you get from that? Does it make you a good Christian to scream "faggot" as a couple passes you buy? To spray paint "faggot" on someone's car before you flip it over? Did Jesus scream "Dirty Mexician" when someone of hispanic decent walked by? Did Jesus scream, "Dirty Jew" when someone Jewish walked by?
Think about it. 1 John 4:8 "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." God is love. Again - GOD IS LOVE.
How can you read the bible and be a Christian and still hate? I admit I have not read the bible cover to cover - but I have read the bible. The impression I got was that God put us here to love and support each other - not to judge and hate each other.
John 8:7 "So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto
them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at
her." Are you without sin? I admit I have sinned. I try hard to not sin, but I do. I was created in sin, the child of an unwed mother. I have done things I am not proud of. I have done things I wish I could take back. I have lied before. So again I ask you, are you without sin? I know I am not without sin. All sins are sin - from saying something that is un-true to murder. A sin is a sin. From what I have read there are no sins that are worse than another - sin is a sin. So how can anyone who has ever sinned condemn another?
Again - GOD IS LOVE. How can anyone read those lines and still walk around hating those who aren't like us. I may be wrong but the impression I got from reading the bible is that you want to live your life like a light. Do the best you can do. Love and glow with God's love. Doing this will allow all those moths who may have a harder time hearing and feeling God's love to come and flock to your light. Your light will draw them in way more than your words and condemnation.
When it comes down to it, only God can judge. Only God. Think about that when you stand before God and have to answer for your actions. How are you going to explain the hate towards those who aren't like you to God?
I refuse to hate anyone who isn't like me. I refuse to let that come in and permeate who I am.
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."
What do you choose?