WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR HATRED? — PART 3

Here we continue a series of posts on 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)

Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“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.

10 thoughts on “WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR HATRED? — PART 3

  1. I spent most of today reading and rereading a compilation of the sermons and essays of the murdered Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr (see “Strength to Love”). In chapter 4, titled “Love in Action”, King begins with Luke 23:34:

    Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

    To quote King:

    “Never in history was there a more sublime example of the consistency of word and deed . . . .

    “The moment of testing emerges. Christ, the innocent son of God, is stretched in painful agony on an uplifted cross. What place is there for love and forgiveness now? How will Jesus react? What will he say? The answer to these questions bursts forth in majestic splendor: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” This was Jesus’ finest hour; this was his heavenly response to his earthly rendezvous with destiny.”

    Perhaps this is what you mean Tom when you say that love, mercy and forgiveness is the proper response to even the most hate filled words and acts.

    Anyway, King never ceases to amaze and inspire. It seems that MLK may still have much to say in this divisive world. Maybe he has more to say that ever.

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    1. At that point, when Jesus died on the cross, He offered us forgiveness. To any willing to accept, He offered to take the punishment we deserve in our place.

      What is required of us? Humility, faith, hope, and agape love.

      We each have to admit God is God, and “I” am not. We must admit our need, that we are sinners and need a savior. We have to accept His gift.

      We each must have faith in Jesus. We must believe that what the Bible tells us about Him is true.

      We must have hope. When we look upon our fallen world, we must imagine what might have been — what was. When are crushed with sorrow, we must believe the Lord God still remembers us.

      We must love each other. God knows we need each other. He made us that way so that we could learn to love Him by loving each other.

      What about those who are unwilling to be humble? What about those who refuse the gift of Lord Jesus Christ? What about those who insist their existence is all about “me”? It seems our Lord God will grant them their wish.

      We live in an infinite universe. It should be obvious just how insignificant we are. It should be evident just how preposterous it is to make it all about “me”, but foolish people do. Therefore, I thank you for sharing. We all need to hear such words.

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  2. I think hatred becomes a bit of an addiction. Some sort of chemical bug in their programming that received pleasure stimulus from information confirming their biases and negative stimulus from anything that contradicts it.
    This really became apparent to me during the Truther movement. The amazing levels of convoluted logic needed to buy into this theory were beyond measure. To the point half quotes were accepted as fact, and the full quotes from the same statements were dismissed as lies. Weird stuff, but it taught me a lot about human psych and the need some have for drama and intrigue.

    Let’s look at the recent Hawaii incident. Not to make light of their “suffering” from fear but first, if I lived in Hawaii I would be very well acquainted with the situation in the DPRK. No one with any real awareness of what is going on (beyond headline news reading) would believe that missile warning. Tsunami warning, yes…DPRK missile no. Second, the politicians blame their own buffoonery on Trump. Ah yes, five years of DPRK buildup and not a word but now it’s all Trumps’ fault.
    Finally, let’s look at what they do. They scream about madman racist impulsive bigoted imbecilic Trump with his big red button will rain war and devastation costing millions of lives…yet if you ask them how many weeks of food and water they have stored up, what shelter they have in place for this inevitable apocalypse, they’ll accuse you of being a paranoid prepper.
    Much like the global warming hysteria (note, for example, how a three day forecast for a hurricane’s path has a 1000 mile cone of possible routes, but we’re supposed to accept the government’s 100 year temperature forecast for the planet as accurate within a half a degree), they don’t really believe what they claim to believe.

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      1. The person who supposedly represents me in the Virginia House of Delegates is a “transgendered” male.

        The words these people make up are absurd. We cannot change our gender. So the guy is a cross-dresser, a man without the wisdom to accept something he has no power to change. What is sad is he beat the most solid Conservative in the state legislature.

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    1. I don’t know whether hate is addictive. Could be, but I do think hatred helps us to rationalize our choices. When the “poor” try to use the government to steal from the “rich”, don’t they always have to demonize the rich?

      Of course, when the poor demonize the “rich”, their own behavior becomes hateful and irrational. What always happens when we elect politicians who promise to give us other people stuff? Don’t we inevitably elected crooked politicians? Crooks by definition are not wise. They are just greedy. Because they are greedy, they will be too busy lining their pockets to do anything useful. So it is that when vote to give ourselves other people’s stuff we get the leadership we deserve.

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  3. Interesting conundrum of words and thoughts in your post

    .Power, serve, love, hate, news media, propaganda.

    Millions of clergy, and faith believers, chose to serve Christ. Christ has power over them because they chose to love rather than hate His message.

    Unfortunately, millions of people chose to serve past despot leaders who obtained their power by instilling hate and use propaganda as a messenger.

    A person gains power by accumulating people to serve them.

    It would be a better world if we all just choose to serve those who are messengers of love rather than hate.

    Providing those who serve understand what is the real meaning of love.

    It has nothing to do with power, money, or hate.

    It is all about the message of serving as you pointed out in your post.

    . 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.

    In other words, the news media should stop printing opinions that only serve to propagate hate rather than compromise. There are always two sides to every story and opinion.

    In my opinion, the purpose of a news source and their journalistic responsibility and duty to their readers and our nation, is to present news in a fair and objective professional manner.

    I have to admit my sin of hate is when I read or hear bias news commentators who only present one side of every story. Probably because the owners have power to fire them, and they choose to serve the owner to gain the power of money.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. @scatterwisdom

      Thanks for the comment.

      I don’t have a solution. I only know the one who does. Wisdom is knowing Him, taking up that cross, and following Him. Because of that cross, we each need lots of faith, hope, and love.

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  4. I agree. The media is left wing, and thinks that through provoking stories and perpetuating lies, that it will dissuade those who think differently. I ignore it these days. When someone is a lier, they don’t deserve our time.

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    1. I can only guess, but I think most of the news media seems left wing because most of the owners are crony capitalists. When we have people like Obama in charge, corporate interests start looking for ways to buy influence. We can all find examples of that if we look.

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