“Animals don’t hate, and we’re supposed to be better than them.”
― Elvis Presley
Think of that person that you just can’t get along with. Jesus says love them. Pray for those that actually persecute you.
Why do people wish evil on others? “I hope they die!” I know as kids we threw that around, but what is it that keeps that mentality in adults? “I hope they die!” What if they do? Wouldn’t you be sad? Could it be possible that you’d actually be glad? That would sicken me if that were true. What would it benefit you if that person you think is so bad died? But I don’t really think that’s the question.
The question may be “when did your heart die?” When did a person’s life become so unneeded, so worthless that it would be OK to wish them gone? If you are one that is wishing someone dead it may just be your heart that needs the help and not them.
This has come to mind a lot recently with several people that I know saying something like that about our President. Why the hate? Most likely you don’t even know him personally. He didn’t call you names or stab you in the back by telling your secrets. He simply made decisions that you didn’t like. Then most likely you listen to your chosen biased media feeding into what you want to believe (and all media is biased) and you still wish him dead?!
There isn’t a president yet that has pleased the entire nation. No one can and no one will. I’m guessing you’d do no better. Not because you have worse ideas but because it’s impossible to please everyone. Even our Greatest presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR, TR etc… had tons of opposition. Who knows, maybe in 30 years Obama will be among them. We don’t know what his decisions will bring in time. Heck, Truman had one of the lowest approval ratings when he left office and he’s considered close to the top ten!
I could sit here and bad mouth Obama about his presidency. I could have also openly bad mouthed every president since I’ve been alive. Born during the LBJ presidency until today there would be plenty of impeachable offenses that we could name for each president, but wishing them harm or death? I’m still not getting it.
When I was growing up we had respect for the office of the presidency. I still do and often get attacked for asking people to relax on Obama. We should start thinking about the good things our presidents do. I liked Carter. Still do. Maybe not as far as his presidency but as a humanitarian he is someone to look up to. Reagan was funny and brought our country together. Bush H.W. didn’t like broccoli! Clinton did well on the economy, Bush W. made me laugh, and I like the idea of the affordable care act. If you screw up trying to help the poor, it’s better than doing nothing for them. I applaud Obama for that effort.
If you truly look hard enough you can find good in people. There is no reason to be mean or say hateful things. No reason to speak about that guy on the corner asking for a hand out. Maybe he’s been laid off for a while? Kicked out of his home? Maybe they are a vet with PTSD that can’t deal with civilian life? Maybe he really needs help. No reason to belittle that woman in the grocery store with the screaming kids. Maybe the kids are sick or she is just stressed out trying to make it on her own. Instead pray for her. What about that speeding driver? Are they on their way to the hospital? Did an emergency call come from home?
St. Paul says in Philippians 4:8 “Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.” When you think on these things the hate for your fellow man will start going away. It is simply letting go of the anger that is inside you. Not that I’m perfect because I’m writing this article because things tick me off, but I don’t wish hate or pain on those that say things I disagree with. I wish them peace. I feel sad for them that they can’t get over their anger.
James 1:20 says for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. When we are filled with anger we are unable to truly love the way that God wants us to. We can’t love our fellow man or woman. We can’t even love ourselves.
Someday I hope that those without love will be able to find it. Maybe the only way that they can find it is if they see it in us. Let those of us who are able to love, let it shine and maybe we can overcome the hate of others.
I leave you with the words of another hated black man that I love. MLK JR.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Live out the Dream!