On the recent rise in number of Hate Groups:
Rising slowly from sleepy subconsciousness this morning, I am happy to find my Father with me. Gratitude for His love and absolution compels me to smile. Every new day is a new opportunity to give love. Because He asked me to. Because He loves me. Simple.
The headline tugs at my attention, holding my thoughts hostage a bit too long. People who harbor so much bitterness, anger and fear drawing together in organized gangs with intent to nourish and dispense all that negative energy; to me, this is incomprehensible.
“Christian hate group”? This term is an oxymoron. The point of a Christian is to love …everyone …all the time. Black, Jewish, white, gay, brown, man, Muslim, transgender, Sikh, woman – my Father taught me these labels do not inhibit His love, and must not interfere with mine.
How can I contribute to hate’s defeat? What can I do? Small as I am …with no influence to effect change on any kind of scale.
Has anyone ever heard of starting a Love group? Possibly this is what Jesus intended with the Church. Experience tells me we haven’t always risen to His standards in that arena.
Let’s start a Love group. Members will vow to practice Love towards every person intersecting our lives. Are you a Christian? Great, we want you in our Love group! Are you gay? Wonderful, join our gang! Do you pray to Allah? Hey, come on in! We will practice Love as God intended: Agape, Chesed, Mettā.
Difficult? Absolutely! Practicing Love takes effort. And anything in this life worth anything takes effort.
Matthew 5:43-48 (MSG)
43-47 “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.
48 “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”