THE NEW NORMAL – Hate…


Well, it is not so new but has exploded exponentially over the past few years and has gone viral and spreading faster than the Wuhan Virus every dreamed.  It is ripping America to shreds and will end in our destruction if we continue allowing hate from any sector to thrive and become the ‘New Normal.’ 

I am worn out from all the HATE!  Let me say it this way, “I Hate Hate!”  How’s that for epiphora, epiplexis, irony, or maybe even sarcasm?  The reality is, no matter how one might classify my statement, “I Hate Hate” it represents an issue that is hovering over our society like an ominous cloud of destruction.  Hate is separating, dividing, and pitting factions who would otherwise be open to discussion and reason bitter antagonist.  Hate has become so prevalent it appears to have become the “New Norm” in behavioral standards.  That is tragic and deadly!

I hear Hate from the Left and it is countered with Hate from the Right.  I hear Hate from blacks, and it is countered with Hate from whites.  I hear Hate from Liberals and it is countered with Hate from Conservatives.  I hear Hate from non-Christians, and I am now hearing Hate from Christians.  Hate may be wrapped in a pretty package and called justified anger, but Hate is Hate and will always be Hate!  It is evil, destructive, and damaging to every aspect and dimension of life.  It is dangerous and damaging to the psyche, the physical, and society.  It is a destroyer and is creating a terminal condition in our world. 

You may find my words objectionable and that is fine. You may lash out at me with hate-filled words and that is your choice.  You may agree or disagree with me, that is your inalienable right.  We all have choices and make them every day.  Some see love as an emotion and demand that it must be earned.  I see it as a choice and believe it to be a gift, not something earned.  I believe that respect is earned, but love is given.  Thank God, the Love of God is not something I must earn but is a Gift!  (John 3:16).

If you hate anyone based on the pigmentation of their skin, you are a racist and a bigot.  I’m sorry, that is the truth even if you were horribly abused by persons of that ethnicity.  You have succumbed hate’s clutches and become enslaved by it.  It now consumes you and unless you find a way to release it, it will destroy you.  You will never be able to trust, enjoy life, live free, and unencumbered from the burden you have placed on yourself to become the arbiter of political or racial correctness.  Your Hate has become your God and your religion.  That is deadly!

Yes, I am being dramatic and probably preaching a message that few will be to allow to resonate in their hearts and minds.  Yes, many have been abused in one fashion or another.  Yes, there has been and is racial discrimination, gender discrimination, religious discrimination, and other variations.  None of those justify Hating other human beings. 

I fully endorse Hating sin and the works of the devil.  I fully endorse Hating evil and the effects it has on lives.  However, the problem in today’s world is that we have lost sight of the only legitimate object of Hate and turned that emotion and attitude on fellow humans.  That sows the seeds of destruction and will never enable us to achieve the objectives supposedly sought.

I am a Christian and say that unashamedly.  My views, social, societal, political, financial, and spiritual are based on my understanding of God’s Word and Way.  Could I be wrong in some of my views?  Absolutely, because we know in part and are continuously growing and learning, or we should be.  I have modified some of my views in virtually every area of life in my 70+ years on the planet and my 50+ years as a Christian and minister of the gospel.  If the LORD permits me more years on the planet, I will likely modify, some of them in the years that are ahead. 

However, I adamantly declare that Hate is Not acceptable, and I ask that we all STOP IT!  Stop allowing push to come to shove and tit to become tat where we give back more than we received and fan the flames of hate and discord.  It is not a requirement that we Hate other people.  In fact, it is a requirement that we Do Not!  In Proverbs 10:12 we read, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”  The apostle John declared, “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”  (1 John 3:15). 

God Hates Hate!  (Proverbs 6:16-19).  We were told in Leviticus 19:17-18, “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.  You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.”  Our LORD Jesus commanded, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35).

No matter the package or attempt of justification for Hate it is always the ugly work of destruction.  We read in Proverbs 10:18, “The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.”  That goes for the Left, the Right, blacks, whites, men, or women.  It applies to EVERYONE!  Therefore, I plead, STOP THE HATE! 

Let me make this as clear as I can, I will speak against evil and identify the purveyors of evil agendas.  I will call for the rejection of political parties and ideologies as well as certain religious tenets and practices that violate God’s Laws.  I will never fear to speak against what I believe wrong, but I will endeavor with everything in me to not make the attack personal or spew forth hatred for individuals.  I do not rejoice when a person who stands on the opposite side of any issue dies or suffers harm and damage.  I would prefer that they saw the light. 

Some will take many things that I write and say as hypocritical and insist that I am a bigot and a racist because I speak against the agenda of the Leftist Socialist and Marxists.  I reject the idea that only Black Lives Matter or that it is somehow demeaning to any ethnicity for me to declare that All Lives Matter.  I ask that you leave me out of the Hate that is in your heart if it exists.  This morning the old song from 1965, the year of my High School graduation came to mind.  Jackie DeShannon released, “What The World Needs Now Is Love.”  That is what we need but more than just human love we need God’s Love!

Love me or hate me, accept me or reject me, I choose to Love you and we may disagree, and I will fight for what I believe peaceably, legally, morally, and politically.  I will protect my family and my property.  I will stand for America and God.  I will stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom.  But, I plead, can we STOP THE HATE?

God bless you and God bless America!

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