I am a Christian.
I have been mostly silent when it comes to heated events – especially ONLINE.
I have seen many comments about being silent and how that it’s bad or that I’m adding to the problem by not speaking against them.
I watch the news daily – so I’m paying attention.
I am frustrated.
I often don’t know what to do or say – but I know I don’t want to fuel the fire of hatred.
So perhaps there is an alternative, especially for those of us who profess Christianity.
True Christianity boils down to being a follower of Christ (Jesus).
We imperfect humans are to do our best to follow His example and His teachings.
Being that we aren’t perfect, we fall, stumble, make mistakes, and even misinterpret so much of what He has said or done.
I know I have done all those many times.
There’s one aspect of Jesus that is difficult to misinterpret: LOVE
When Jesus was asked which commandment is the most important he responded:
“’…love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12: 30-31)
I will choose to LOVE everyone – even those that choose to hate.
Can I love the hate out of someone?
But I KNOW that I can’t hate the hate out someone.
I can’t argue the hate out of someone.
I can’t criticize the hate out of someone.
So I choose to love – and yes, I even love those I don’t agree with or do things that frustrate me or anger me.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-28)
I choose to not engage in the hateful rhetoric.
Rather I will use my time and energy to find ways to show love to everyone to the best of my ability.
What is LOVE?
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)