Thursday, May 11, 2017

hateHate!?  Wow!  It’s all over the place.  You see and hear it on TV.  You read it in newspapers.  You hear it over the radio.  It is a commodity that seems popular and sells!  At least a lot of people are buying into it.  Some are so sold on it that they want to be in first place.  Can you imagine people wanting to be a better hater than you are?  It does have its merits though.  You have a headache?  Blame it on hate.  Your nerves are shot?  Blame it on hate.  Hit your “funny bone”?  Blame it on hate.  Your spouse leaving you?  Blame it on . . . well, you get the picture!  Of course, it’s even better if you can give “hate” a name.  It seems that a lot of people have.  Trump!!  Do you remember the 2004 tsunami that affected fourteen countries and killed 230,000 to 280,000 people on December 26th of that year?  Trump’s fault!  Do you remember Eve being hoodwinked by the serpent into eating the forbidden fruit in Genesis 3:1-7?  It was Trump!  From Genesis 3 to 2017, anything bad that has happened, is Trump’s fault!  He is the one that people love to hate!

Hate is a poison.  It is like acid.  It will eat you alive.  It produces stress.  Hair falls out.  Tunnel vision becomes sight.  Attention is stolen and focus degenerates.  Self righteousness is disguised as “justification.”  Extreme foolishness is created and despair is its reward.  Solomon states that hate “loves death” (Proverbs 8:36)!  Not a very rewarding finale!

Hate rewrites history and recreates reality.  Hate blames Trump with disorder while the possessors block traffic, burn cars, break windows, and loot stores.  Hate claims others are divisive while it promotes it.  Hate says free speech is being stolen as it threatens and shouts down those who practice it.  Hate cries out against racism while destroying business owned by minorities.  Hate talks about “my rights” while robbing you of yours.  Hate promotes ideologies that enslave rather than offering freedom.  Hate opens Pandora’s box then blames others for the results.  Hate is an animal that turns on its trainer and becomes the master.  Hate creates lies and peddles it as truth.  Hate attempts to destroy the character and reputation of others.  Solomon states, “Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity and seek to kill the upright.” (Proverbs 29:10 NIV).  They seem to be victorious, but the Psalmist states, “The future of the wicked will be cut off.” (Psalm 37:38).  Hate will implode upon the infected, labeling them as fools.

Hate!  A lot of it going around.  Yet, God still sent His Son to save the hater (John 3:16).  We all sin and fall short (Romans 3:10, 23).  We all need the Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 2:37-40).  His offer is, “Come unto me” (Matthew 11:28-30).  Why?  He loves you!  Will you reciprocate with love or hate?  Your choice!