I recently read a piece of literary work written by someone I have historically admired. To say I was disappointed would be to diminish the actual power of the words spoken into our world. The terms were biting, even cutting; the accusations brash. The author’s tone reminded me of a 10-year-old-boy who just learned his fist curse word; wielding opinions like a sword as he tries to power out his point, his own self-justification being lorded over those dissidents who don’t agree with his superior opinion.
Demonstrative, accusatory, damning.
Laced with generalizations and stereotypes, stamped with a strong stance to refuse any dialogue with anyone whose opinions differ, I am grimly reminded that at the heart of so many is that which we loudly proclaim we abhor.
The problem is that once you label a group of people as undesirable, you have joined forces with the enemy’s plan to divide people by any means necessary, and even reduced your own value to the of the worst of those who declare hate as their anthem. Worst of all, you deny the very message of grace and forgiveness your identification with Christ is called to bring.
You are now what you say you abhor.
I would encourage you today, that in a world of tit-for-tat, rallying for position, and passionate discord, you might choose to refrain from adding to the spiritual pollution that plagues our communities and homes, selecting instead a positioning which deviates from those around you.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, – Galatians 5:22
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. – Galatians 6:16
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:29-32
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr