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Some of you will disagree with what I’m about to say. That’s fine. Sometimes I disagree with some of you, but I don’t hate you, and I don’t write horrible personal attacks on you or accuse you of being evil incarnate. And none of you have done that to me, either, when I write something you dislike.
That’s pretty amazing, really, because the natural tendency of humankind is to attack and vilify that with which we disagree. We have this natural need to be right, to be in the position of strength, and especially to insist that everyone else acknowledge our rightness, OR ELSE!
That natural tendency is creating havoc in our world today. Speaking as an American, I can tell you that my country is more divided today than it has been since our Civil War in 1861-1865. That war was fought over two major issues: Stopping the slave trade, and stopping the federal government from interfering with rights that were given to the individual states by our Constitution. The former goal was accomplished. The latter, not so much. Most of our troubles today include the vast overreach of our federal government, led by a President who has clearly stated his determination to “fundamentally change America.” He’s just about ruined us. I’m glad his term is coming to an end.
An by the way, just as a side note here, the much-vaunted Emancipation Proclamation did NOT free all slaves in the United States; it applied only to the states that had already seceded from the Union. States in the North could keep their slaves, at least for a while. But that’s another topic.
Most of us here in the States are still reeling from the terrorist attack on a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, where so much blood was spilled and so many people harmed because of the natural hatred of one man whose religious creed teaches him that homosexuals must be killed. While I do not accept homosexuality as being “natural,” I want to state clearly and unequivocally here that I do not HATE people who practice homosexuality. I can strongly disagree with their lifestyle without hating them.
God never says anywhere in His Word that He hates homosexuals. He says that He does not condone the behavior, but He never says He hates the person. There is a group that calls itself a Baptist church. They preach that God hates gays. They are horribly, terribly, harmfully wrong. They do NOT represent God, although they think they do.
Our natural tendency is to hate what we disapprove of; to attack and vilify anyone who disagrees with us. Sometimes we’re even willing to go to war to impose our own culture, religion, and customs on others because we think we are right and they are wrong.
Do you know what is supernatural? It is supernatural to love our enemies, to pray for those who mistreat us, to forgive those who harm us. That behavior can only be done with the supernatural help of the Holy Spirit. It was the supernatural love of God that sent His Son to die for the sin of the world. It is supernatural love that brings us to Christ for forgiveness and salvation.
I think it’s time we focus on practicing some supernatural love here in our country. We need to quit seeing each other as the enemy. Our enemy is not other Americans. Our enemies are those who would come into our beloved country and try to destroy us from within. Our enemies are those in power who would not only allow, but actually encourage those from other countries to come in and dominate us. The Constitution calls that treason.
America is comprised of countless people with roots in countless nations and ethnicities. This present darkness is the first time we have been attacked and undermined by those who come as immigrants but have no intention of becoming Americans. We don’t have to hate them, but we do need to be intelligent enough to recognize the danger.
It is natural to hate. It is supernatural to love.