Jan. 28, 2019

Fear Hate

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44

Hate is defined as, “feeling an intense or passionate dislike for someone or something.” Fear and hate go hand in hand. We hate what we fear, and fear usually produces more hate.

Both have become quite popular lately. If we can scare enough people and convince them other people are evil and not to be trusted, we foster a society of hate. Sadly, fear and hate are based more on misunderstanding than it is facts. When we become fearful and find hate in our heart, it’s time to ask more questions and research accurate answers. More than any other time in history, accuracy is vital when it comes to bridging gaps.

When we don’t know or understand history, we can convince ourselves that we are superior. Superiority teaches that any outsider is to be hated and feared. Fear and hate are growing in popularity under the guise of citizenship. Both are being bolstered by those wanting to sway others who look like them to hate anyone who doesn’t.

Hate exists among Christians and within churches. Fear is the opposite of faith but seems to have taken the world by storm. The Bible teaches us to love those we consider our enemies. It goes even further by reminding us the true enemy is Satan. Funny thing is Satan is the master of fear and hate. So, who gets my heart and mind? A loving God or a hate-filled enemy?

Hopefully, we choose to represent Christ. Hopefully, we choose not to serve the father of lies, Satan. In my opinion, the only thing we should fear is hate. When hate rules, Satan flourishes.