HATE VS LOVE! I was raised as a child reading the daily newspaper. I loved to read the newspaper especially the comics and the sports pages. And I followed the major league baseball teams diligently; all eight in each league. That’s right, just eight in each league. No divisions, just a slugfest to the finish to see who would be in the World Series. I no longer watch or follow Professional sports. I believe the sports have become too much about greed, money, power, and political statements and leverage. Professional sports have become the god of too many people, even professing Christians. I don’t read the newspapers anymore. I get my local, national and world news from different sources and sort it out from multiple sources. You may not agree with me but I believe the newspapers have become too biased, untruthful, and full of hate speech toward those they disagree with. And if you don’t agree with me on these topics that is OK. We can still be friends even if we disagree on these topics. Where I live there are lots of neighbors who disagree with each other on a lot of topics. We are from different areas of the country and areas of the world but we can still get along.
Our country and our world would be a lot different today if we all practiced what Jesus said about interpersonal relationships. ”’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second (commandment) is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’’’ (Matthew 22:37-39 NIV). Life would be so much better for everyone if we all followed what Jesus said but alas, we live in a fallen, sinful world that is also for the most part biased against Jesus as well. So much so that Jesus also gets “bad press” and very often has His name used as part of profanity laced outbursts. In this life we must make choices about what we read, watch, participate in, and how we conduct our relationships. As a Christian we should strive faithfully toward the goal of fulfilling the first commandment but sometimes it is really hard to keep the second commandment. In the environment we live in today let us really work on both these commandments each day and evaluate our heart and actions through the lenses of love for God and our neighbors (all people) and not be driven to the lenses of hate that so permeates our society today.