- WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR HATRED? — PART 1 introduced the subject.
- WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR HATRED? — PART 2 looked at the definition of hatred.
In this post we will look at whether or not it is wrong to hate. Since this is a blog that mixes politics and religion, in this post we will look at hatred from the standpoint of politics. In the context of politics, we will consider this question: Is it wrong to hate?
Is It Wrong To Hate?
One of the sillier notions out there is that the Bible has nothing to say about government. The Jews did not think that. One of their problems with Jesus is that they expected Him to run the hated Romans out of Israel, and that was not exactly an unreasonable expectation. Consider how Psalm 2 starts.
Psalm 2:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”
God’s Anointed, the Messiah, will eventually rule as our King, but His First Coming was not about that. Still, even the Romans said that was His “crime”.
Mark 15:25-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. 26 And the inscription of His accusation was written above:
THE KING OF THE JEWS.
27 With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. 28 So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.”
Why did the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders want Jesus dead? They considered Him a rival for power.
Much of our strife is over political power. That is because political power gives us control over things and each other. The world teaches us us to pursue such power, to seize it when we can. Jesus said otherwise, but we have a difficult time grasping this lesson. Therefore, even at the Last Supper, Jesus had to correct his disciples.
Luke 22:24-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
28 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Jesus will give His apostles thrones, but from those thrones they will serve, not exercise lordship.
So what about today? In this life? Is it wrong to hate? No. We don’t have any way of stopping ourselves from hating. Look again at the last post, WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR HATRED? — PART 2. If we love someone and something hurts them, how are we going to stop ourselves from hating whatever hurts them? As that last post suggests, we lapse into sin when we allow our hatred to become rage. Enraged we then start sinning.
How does that work with respect to politics? What causes our hatred to become rage? We forget who we are.
Genesis 1:26-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
We are all God’s image bearers. We are all brothers and sisters, and through Adam and Eve we are all sinners. When we forget that sin is our enemy, when we fail to forgive our brothers and sisters for their sins, we hate them instead of the sin itself.
With respect to politics, there are always sinners who seek to manipulate other sinners into sin. These generally work through propagandists. In the USA, members of our news media often serve as propagandists.
Why does our news media propagandize us instead of informing us?
- Systems, including systems for gathering and reporting news, work the way they work, not the way we might wish. Because of system drivers (rewards and penalties), the news media does not exist to help us solve problems, what we wish they would do. The mass media, including that part which gathers and reports “news”, exists primarily to provide an audience for advertisers. Since properly informing us is not the most effective way for the news media to maintain an audience, they don’t do it. They entertain us instead.
- We like hearing their biases confirmed. To minimize the threat from competitors, most news organizations cater to a certain segment of the market. Thus, most news outlets are either Conservative or Liberal.
- We love to hate. We love to believe the worst about others. When the news media organization targets a certain set of biases, they can confirm our worst beliefs about our political opponents. We know hating is wrong, but it is great fun to blame someone else for our troubles. So Conservative news media outlets spend lots of time telling us how hateful Liberals are, and Liberal news media outlets spend lots of time telling us how hateful Conservatives are. Since we are all sinners, both the Conservative outlets and the Liberal outlets are to some extent right. So they sound credible.
News outlets also exist to produce propaganda to sway minds towards a certain view. To this end big corporations sometimes buy a news outlet to protect themselves. If you own a big, huge, multi-billion dollar corporation, and you want to keep the politicians from taking everything you own, you may have to pay protection money (political donations) and/or give the most powerful/dangerous politicians favorable media.
Are there some journalists and news outlets who are honest? We can suppose as much, but it is difficult to sort the good from the bad. Meanwhile, as Christians our primary task is to spread the Gospel. Surely our non-Christian brothers and sisters sin, but so do we, and some of us are Conservatives and some of us are Liberals.
Hating our political opposition just makes it more difficult to spread the Gospel and to resolve practical problems. So the best thing to do is to negotiate with those of our opponents who are willing to negotiate and beat the others at the polls.
The best thing to do is to stop taking the news media too seriously. The anger many news outlets promote only provokes us to a useless and dangerous rage, an that’s unchristian.
To Be Posted
- What Do We Do About Our Own Hatred.