This will not make me popular in some circles and possibly any circle, but I see a condition in 2020 America that has reached the level of being intolerable because it has become irreconcilable.  I am hearing this from people who have a racial bias and that is not limited to one ethnicity or skin color. They voice how much they hate.  I am hearing from some who name the name of Jesus and yet express hate.  I am hearing from conservatives, liberals, libertarians, and independents how much they hate.  The level of hate is so pronounced I believe it has reached the level of being irreconcilable and that does not bode well for the republic.

Yes, what is happening in the riots, looting, mayhem, murder, and arson by BLM and Antifa and other groups is intolerable and unacceptable at any level.  Everyone has the constitutional and God-given right to protest but that must be done peaceably and lawfully not as it has been transpiring.  The vehement back and forth in name-calling and labeling all people of any ethnicity as bad, corrupt, deplorable, and evil is not acceptable.  It is not acceptable to God and is not acceptable to me. 

We are standing on the precipice of a full-blown civil war in America.  We are sitting on a power-keg and it will only take one small spark to ignite it and the destruction will go viral and spread faster than COVID-19 or the Bubonic plague.  It will be more rapid than a cold passed from child to child in daycare or kindergarten.  It will sweep the nation and the world more rapidly than anything we have witnessed in our lifetimes. 

I keep hearing people saying, “We can crush this in an instant.”  Maybe we can, but I learned long ago you never underestimate the enemy you are facing.  If you do, you will suffer far more than you anticipated and many who joined your glamorous cause thinking it a cakewalk would become discouraged and abandon you. 

Death and destruction between all sides in the current situation will not resolve it but perpetuate it.  As a believer in God and a Christian, I am praying for God to divinely intervene and touch our hearts.  This is a political issue and a heart issue, not a race issue.  Yes, race is inserted into the equation as a useful tool to achieve the desired outcome of those seeking power and control.  We are their enemies and neither side is their friend.  We are simply pawns, in their chess game of power and control. 

Let me say what could make me persona non grata to many, “If you hate President Trump so much you are willing to sell the soul of the Republic to defeat him, you might as well remove me from your contact list.”  The Bible asks, “How can two walk together unless they are agreed.”  If you hate Trump so much that you are willing to side with the anarchist, and those seeking to strip us of our freedoms, liberties, property, and rights, then please omit me from your circle.  We are not only not in agreement we are light-years apart.  I don’t mind you believing what you believe and support your right to do that, but if you have allowed hate to become so dominant in your heart, we have nothing to talk about.

I take my position based on my core convictions of what is right and wrong and what God desires.  If that makes me unacceptable then unacceptable, I will remain.  I am not trying to be antagonistic, but hate must be addressed, and it must be dealt with.  There can be no tolerance for hatred from anyone.  Let me offer several passages from the Bible that state my position more clearly than I am able with my words.

1 John 4:20 – “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

1 John 2:9 – “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.”

Proverbs 10:12 – “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”

Matthew 5:43-45– “You have heard it said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.  For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and unjust.”

Proverbs 25:21-23 – “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.  The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.”

Please do not attack and say, “You are missing the point, this must be dealt with blow for blow or it won’t stop.”  I believe that God’s love is more powerful than the devil’s hate.  If that makes me seem one living in a fictional fantasy, so be it, that is where I live.  I have experienced the power of love overcome hate. Hate that was intent on violence was quieted by love.  I have seen people who wanted to do me harm, disarmed by God’s incredible love when I refused to climb down in the muck with them. 

I am not saying, do not defend your home and property if an attack comes.  I am saying, do not take to the streets to meet the violence with violence unless there is no other alternative, as in any war.  War should be the last resort, not the first option.  America was not built on hate it was built on a total commitment to freedom and the belief that we are created in the image of God and have the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Yes, we are in dire straits in America and yes, our republic is in danger of collapse. Yes, there is a war being waged and innocent people are being killed, harmed, and ruined.  That is intolerable and we must do several things to quell and stop it. 

We must fall on our faces before God and seek His help and guidance and ask Him to intervene and pray for divine intervention in America.  We must put pressure on the elected officials that are charged with representing us and insist that they take the appropriate action to ensure that Law and Order are restored, and all lawlessness is fully held accountable to the law.  We must become willing to listen to all sides of the issues before us and now we are not to bow before any man, kiss their feet, or apologize for our skin color.  That is demeaning and no human should have that imposed on them or be willing to accept that.

We must exercise our constitutional right and privilege in November and vote for America.  If you don’t like President Trump that is your choice, but if you hate him so much you are willing to sell the soul of this country to defeat him and allow a Socialist Marxist Communist godless agenda to prevail, then we have nothing more to talk about.  If you and they are successful we will all suffer and you will suffer along with me and those who hold the views I hold, biblically, socially, morally, economically, and politically.  You may not suffer to the extent we do or as quickly as we, but, in time, you too will suffer because those seeking control only see you as a tool, not a friend.

When hate reaches the level of being intolerable and irreconcilable destruction is assured.  I offer you a passage that few ever note or quote as I conclude and ask for you to join me in praying for America.  It is in Psalms 34:21. One version renders it, “Wicked people are killed by their own evil deeds, and if you hate God’s people you will be punished.”  Another is in Proverbs 26:24-26, “A hateful person disguises himself with his speech and harbors deceit within.  When he speaks graciously, don’t believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart. Though his hatred is concealed by deception, his evil will be revealed in the assembly.”  Sadly, today, Hate is not being concealed but verbalized and acted upon. 

My prayer: “Forgive me, Lord, for any bitterness I have or do hold in my heart.  Forgive those reading and forgive those who deem us, enemies.  Let love prevail and put out the flames of hate that are burning like wildfire among us.  Without you, Oh Lord, we are doomed.  Our freedom is too valuable to lose to hate, so please help us, I pray.  Amen.”

God bless you and God bless America!

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