We have a crafty enemy in this life. One who schemes and plots against our lives. One of his current assaults is to tempt us to live in and by hate. This onslaught against my life begs me to source my energy in hatred and discord, rather than love. It’s just too perfect a way to diffuse my life’s passion and living expression. Love is the Source of Life and hatred is the fuel for the devil.
Hate, Frustration, and Fury
Look around you these days. The tension is palpable. People express frustration and their fury rages all around us. Our ideological and political differences infuriate and escalate us to violence rather than simple debate. Where in the past we might discuss our differences, now an opposing view can be rewarded with a baseball bat to the back of the head. The enemy of our spiritual lives has fabricated this whole frenzy.
It is no wonder an unsaved man or woman rages. I can’t expect them to do otherwise. But the problem is Christians are being worked up into lather, too. There is a greater and greater divide among us all in this country. The rift is widening and unfortunately it’s not being contained. This hate and rage is spilling over into all of our lives. It’s just a little too common for us to respond with anger, even in regular everyday situations. And this is precisely the enemy’s intent.
Hate is Everywhere
So I’m not saying we’re supposed to bury our heads in the sand, never looking at politics and current events. But what I am saying is the temperature of our lives is more volatile and reactive. This has been a long time coming, like having the heat turned up slowly to boil the proverbial frog. We have gradually been led down the path of hate. Hate is becoming way too normal and violence is way too common—yes, the love of most is growing cold.
Therefore, I can’t tell you this doesn’t smack me right in the face. The reported news often makes my blood boil. I walk right down their rat maze like a rodent trained from birth. In fact, my next post dives into the question of Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative? Here we go…