Fear and Hatred
How does it play into your life and your value system?
I have been really really struggling with this issue the past few months, and I need to get some of it out. I hope you'll bear with me through my thoughts and then I welcome yours as well. I genuinely mean no offense, I just want to discuss this.
Everyone knows I'm a progressive. I listen to progressive and liberal talk show hosts. I believe their set of opinions are not the only valid ones, but I maintain that they more loving. There are so many talk show hosts in this country who speak of hatred. And fear. Who are vile and angry, and who, in my opinion, incite actual violence.
I was going to post the quotes here, but I can't. I urge you to read them for yourselves. And then, I ask you, how do your political values and whether or not you agree with these viewpoints align with your spirituality and/or religion?
I found them because they are the most widely-listened to talk show hosts. They have millions of followers who believe everything they say. Oh, but the fear!
Are we not called upon to be unafraid? To love everyone?
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
I Peter 3: 8-16
I guess this is my lesson. This is what I have to remind myself of: I can't convince anyone else, and I have to learn that it's okay if I don't. I need to learn to keep praying for those who don't have peace. I must love them too...
I am an idealist*, and I like to envision a world without hatred. What would that look like? Heaven, I assume! Some days I get lost in that daydream. And sometimes, I just try to make sense of the world we have...
*another post for another day!