Hating the haters?

It is sad to hear news reports of protesters and Trump supporters clashing in Chicago. News for everyone, “great” people do not participate in fist fights. “Professional” people do not start attacks. “These people” are not destroying the country, and “those people” are not making the country great. We are arbitrarily diving people into “us” and “them” and fomenting hate and violence. We must return to the pacifist principles of Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King, Jr., and their many followers.

Jesus preached Love. We cannot “hate the sin.” Hate degrades the Soul.

It is time to spread Love. Even for political opponents. Americans must come together. Many people are conducting themselves very peacefully, but there is a minority that really need to be loved.

We are all humans, children of God. We all deserve love.

Jesus on Love

We do not know the true appearance of Jesus, and his exact words are subject to the ravages of time and translation, but we do know that Jesus was a firebrand rabbi who preached a message of radical love. What we know of Jesus is that he quoted parts of the Old Testament1 that were important to his message.

“Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin” Jesus never said2

People use this phrase to justify homophobia and to drive a wedge between people with whom they disagree. It is an excuse for discrimination disguised as righteousness.3 Hate is hate. We must Love instead. Learn to understand the actions (what might be considered “sin”), since through understanding, true love can flourish.

What Jesus said: The First Commandment

Mark 12 28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Jesus made it really clear that “neighbor” includes everyone (even Samaritans!). Would the only excuse to hate anyone be that you hate yourself? Perhaps it is fear that drives hate, not self-loathing.

Since “neighbor” would includes presidential candidates, so Jesus said to Love Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Not tolerate, not accept, but to Love.

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Footnotes

[1] 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.[a] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. — Deuteronomy 6:4-5
18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. — Leviticus 19:18

[2] It is a corruption of another quote, and not from the Bible.

[3] A few more views on this quote:
http://johnpavlovitz.com/2015/08/13/3-reasons-love-the-sinner-hate-the-sin-is-an-abomination/
https://redeeminggod.com/love-the-sinner-hate-the-sin/
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/freedhearts/2015/02/25/lets-be-honest-hate-the-sin-love-the-sinner-is-really-just-hate/