HATE

The following is message I typed in comment to a post which spoke of the hating of Asian-Americans that has been growing over the last year. Further, the BLM movement has also highlighted that hate and demonization has been harmful to African-Americans as long as this country has been in existence. The following are words from an old white man (me) who grew up in the south. They need to be shouted from the roof tops.

IF YOU BELIEVE EVERY GOOD THING THAT HAS OCCURRED IN THE US RESULTED ONLY FROM WHITE MEN, THAT COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. IF YOU BELIEVE HATING OTHER PEOPLE MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE, THAT COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. HATING IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND TAKES TOO MUCH ENERGY TO UPHOLD. SO CALLED LEADERS WHO TELL YOU TO HATE THE OTHER OUT OF FEAR, ARE NOT WORTH FOLLOWING. THEY ARE LYING TO YOU AS THEY DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO SAY.

That Jesus fellow said something about treating people like you wanted to be treated. He did not have any caveats about treating people whose skin was darker or whose heritage was different any worse or better. In fact, Jesus tended to hang out with those who were disenfranchised and needed Him the most. He said helping someone in need was akin to helping Him. So, Jesus led by example. Remember this when a so-called leader tells you to hate someone.