I am heart-sick over what I observe happening in our great nation. People appear to be learning very well how to hate others. Outbursts of anger, uncontrollable flare-ups, and temper tantrums are on every newscast, and continually fill newspapers and websites. YouTube videos are uploaded and viewed because of horrific displays of undeniable hatred and rage.
This week we witnessed it in Michigan. When the state’s governor signed into law the right-to-work bill, some defenders of unions not only openly protested, but began expressing hatred in their violent actions.
FOXNews contributor Steven Crowder went to Lansing to ask protesters why they opposed the new law. As he spoke with them, they began to tear down a large tent pitched on the Capitol lawn by the right-to-work group Americans For Prosperity. Then Crowder was punched repeatedly in the face by a protester, while another man speaking off-camera threatened to kill him. Crowder reported that he had never seen such anger.
The animosity and hatred expressed verbally and revealed in the faces of protestors was disheartening and should cause all of us to be deeply concerned. In our great free country, where people have the God-given privilege of voting and expressing their opinion and wishes, tempers can explode.
We are told in the Word of God to hate evil, and we should especially avoid it in our own lives. But we must not hate others who are different, who disagree, or who are trapped by evil tendencies and unwholesome lifestyles. We must unwaveringly hold up the truth in love, while standing against hate-filled, deadly outbursts. It’s fine to disagree and debate. Ongoing dialogue and important discussions can be healthy. But why the hatred? Why the destructive spirit?
I’m convinced it’s because people have moved far from the redemptive spirit found in Christ. The love of God within us gives us the ability to forgive and understand while holding true to deep convictions with unwavering character. We don’t have to be vindictive, destructive, and hateful. The Bible says if you say you love God and hate your brother, you’re in darkness (see 1 John 2:9). No wonder the light is so dim—it’s because many Americans and people around the world are filled with darkness.
It seems today that even success itself is hated. Wealth is under attack. Preachers dare not mention the blessings of God or prosperity, or they will be critically labeled a “prosperity preacher.” We know there are excesses and extremes in every area, but doesn’t the Bible talk about God’s desire to bless us as His children? Do not every one of us as parents want the best and greatest blessings for our children?
God wants us to be so blessed that we become a blessing to the nations of the world. Are we supposed to start preaching a poverty gospel? How can we possibly alleviate suffering and help the poor if we don’t have the resources to do it? Even those who believe in socialism must have some means of wealth from which to extract the money they wish to disburse.
I’m saying this as a firm warning: If we don’t recognize this foolishness and the danger imposed by the hatred of success, blessings, and prosperity, we are going to destroy our ability to meet any legitimate need – along with our future and the future of our children and those we love. Americans must experience a change of heart and mind—and it must come soon, or we are going to see the downfall of this once great nation.
It’s not too late for us to turn the tide, but we need to release God’s love to people all around us and especially to those with whom we disagree. We must witness a new demonstration of God’s power and especially His love and forgiveness. Only then can expressions of compassion replace hatred and violence.
Let there be peace on earth and goodwill toward men.