John 4:20 If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
Over the weekend I read an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. (WSJ is the only newspaper I read and I no longer watch the news…whether it’s created or not.) The author was Peggy Noonan, of whom I really enjoy her writing. (She wrote a book a while back about Ronald Reagan, “When Character was King.” It was my introduction to her writing.)
Her piece was titled “Rage is All the Rage, and it’s Dangerous.” We all see just how much hate and violence this world encounters each day. The really sad part, it’s not necessarily war. It’s just people hating one another. But back to Mrs. Noonan for a few moments. Please find an excerpt from her piece:
Oh, to have a unifying figure, program or party.
But we don’t, nor is there any immediate prospect. So, as Ben Franklin said, we’ll have to hang together or we’ll surely hang separately. To hang together—to continue as a country—at the very least we have to lower the political temperature. It’s on all of us more than ever to assume good faith, put our views forward with respect, even charity, and refuse to incite.
And was anyone surprised? Tuesday I talked with an old friend, a figure in journalism who’s a pretty cool character, about the political anger all around us. He spoke of “horrible polarization.” He said there’s “too much hate in D.C.” He mentioned “the beheading, the play in the park” and described them as “dog whistles to any nut who wants to take action.”
As I bring it back to God, I, like you, pray for some kind of end to all of this. You can almost see evil in people’s eyes when one speaks about a topic that, accidentally, incites them. For example, somewhere between elections, my 42 year old son went completely left. When I asked him one question, if he believes in God, he told me that he is struggling with it. It took me totally off guard, but I wasn’t surprised. If you met him you might turn to me and say something like, this is a good guy with a good heart. I agree, except when he goes on a mission, politically. In one instance, as I always do, I ask questions about why he believes what he believe…and I do it diplomatically. If he had something on Facebook, I would reply with a question.
He would turn on me and get upset. I was shocked the first couple of times. He actually asked me, “why do my friends always think you’re going after me?” He allowed his friends to dictate his feelings. I believe that his friends are progressive and do not have God in their lives. I know his wife doesn’t, although a good person.
I used him as an example because it’s so close to home. I could see the rage in his eyes. At that instance he wasn’t my son. We are friends and have a great relationship so it does bother me when I see that. Oh, I stopped replying to anything he posts on Facebook. In fact, I’m rarely on Facebook any longer.
It’s so sad when I see the violence, the hatred and the disownment from people I believed I was close to. It’s sad, but I no longer let it bother me because of my one true Father. And all of you wonderful friends. Your replies are so welcome because they are filled with love. That’s what happens when we have Jesus in our lives.
1 John 3:13 Do not be amazed, [then,] brothers, if the world hates you.
As John writes, the comfort in dealing with hatred is knowing that Jesus loves us and is walking with us every day.