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Your Hatred Won't Change the World

Updated on June 23, 2015
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To The Haters

Where did your hatred come from? Were you taught by your parents to hate? Your grandparents? Maybe it was the man you worked for who learned to hate from his parents or grandparents. Is your hatred founded in fear or is it that you just hate anyone who is different from you?

You say you are a Christian. Are you really? Did you grow up in the church and if so, did you not sing the song "Jesus loves the little children"? Perhaps you don't remember but the lyric was "Jesus loves the little children, ALL the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world." Didn't you learn that song?

You Say You Are a Christian

What about the Ten Commandments? Did you not have to memorize them as a child? Let me refresh your memory. I'll keep it simple for you. The children's version was something like this:

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10. Thou shalt not covet.

Does any of this sound familiar?

You Are Wasting Your Life

Before I go any further I should probably tell you that I'm not here to cram Christianity down your throat. I won't tell you to go to church or when to pray. I won't do that because I don't like it when others do it to me. I will however appeal to your rational self. I will ask you which makes more sense; to hate someone for the way they look or to simply look away?

Just think about it for a minute. Do you have something better to do?

Haters among us

I had no plans to write today. While having my morning coffee I turned on the news and began checking my social media accounts and email. There on my Facebook news feed was a video shared by a friend with a note that said "must read". So, I clicked on it. I was appalled. The video lasted about four minutes and was the voice of a man from my home state spewing vitriol and a warning for the listener to arm themselves and prepare to defend themselves against those from another culture who are coming across our southern borders. He declared that "we" would "take no hostages". In other words, those like him were planning to shoot to kill. He warned that in every community there were armed camps. I had to wonder - was he talking about "us" or "them"? My assumption was that he meant "them" since he was warning us to take up arms. He concluded his warning with "God bless and God bless America.


And you call yourself a Christian

My initial response was to wonder what God this man thinks he is serving. He wants me to think he is a Christan. I can only feel pity for someone so ignorant. I was also embarrassed to think that such ignorance might be associated with this state I love so much. My final thought was sadness that any friend of mine would even share such a message of hatred. I closed Facebook and turned my attention to the news. Things only got worse.

In Missouri a man shoots four cousins and three others then kills himself. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma brings a snowball to the floor of the Senate to prove there is no climate change. A Russian diplomat has been assassinated. Congress is holding Homeland Security funding hostage and there are threats of another government shutdown. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his battles with labor unions have prepared him to deal with terrorism. Really?

I turned off the news wondering how any of these people can call themselves a Christian.

Seeing the light

Sitting there in the silence I felt the warm rays of the sun streaming through the window and whispered a thank you to a God I have never met face-to-face. It occurred to me that I am comfortable. There is a roof over my head and food in the cabinet. I am dressed in warm clothes and I am healthy. Again I whispered a quiet thank you to a God that didn't whisper back. There are choices I will make today. I can choose to catch up with old friends or visit family. I can choose to sit and watch TV, write something creative, or surf the web. I whispered thank you for the freedom to choose.

In the stillness of the moment, I remembered hearing my Dad say "until you have stood in the darkness, you cannot fully appreciate the light". Thank you God for allowing me to know the difference.

A message to the haters

Your hatred will not change the world, at least not in a good way.

Just as I have a right to choose, so do you. You can choose not to hate. Have you ever wondered what those that you hate would give to have what you have? In every race, religion, or culture there are both good and bad people. That's true of your people too.

Life is short and uncertain. Today may be all we have. Will you waste it hating someone for the color of their skin or language they speak? Will you waste it hating someone for what they wear or where they live or how they pray? Is that how you want to be remembered by your children and grandchildren?

Your hatred won't change the things you hate but you can change yourself and make the world a better place. That's what real Christians do.

© 2015 Linda Crist

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    John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    This is a wonderful hub and a great wake up call for a lot of people. It is good to be given a refresher on the 10 Commandments...nothing has changed and they are still a great guide to live by. Until recently I think I could honestly say, I don't hate anyone.....but now with what is occurring in the Middle East and elsewhere...I am afraid I have to say "I Hate ISIS!" Thanks for sharing your thoughts, voted up.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    BRAVO!!! I know I love you, Linda! You must have been going through these thoughts today as many of these same unpleasant news stories were making me sad too. It takes effort to divert my thoughts and try to think positively.

    The world can be pretty hateful, as you have noted my dear lady. Makes us work a little harder to be happy & loving.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today, Linda and have a wonderful, relaxing week-end.......Peace, Paula

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    Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, this is precisely why I don't watch the news. They have nothing good to report. Media thrives on negativity and ugliness. I do not. Maybe I have my head in the sand. I prefer to think my head is in the clouds where I can still see beauty.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jacob - Thank you so much for your visit to this hub that admittedly was written out of passion as compared to logic. Like you I can honestly say I have never known hatred. I had never looked into its face and into its eyes. The video that inspired me to write today was shocking and repulsive but more importantly represented the same hatred that we are seeing played out in the knees from the Middle East. I do not want to become a friend to that emotion. I hope that you will not either. Your comments and value are appreciated.

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    John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Who's Jacob....lol?

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Paula, my friend, it is always a blessing to hear from you. I hear your heart and know that it feels much like mine. Yes, it does take a little more work to avoid the trap of hatred when all around us it feels so prevalent. Sometimes writing seems the best way to sort through the feelings; to come back to the place of remembering how human we are. And then, we choose to enter the shadows or revel in the light. Thank you for sharing the sunshine with me. Your light shines bright.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jodah, I apologize. I'm experimenting with a speech to text program and clearly it needs more training. I am so sorry for not catching the error. Trust me - I know who you are.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, hey girlfriend. You just have those rose-colored glasses on and I wouldn't change that if I could. Unlike you I do watch the news but I tried to shield myself from the negativity. I take what I need to help me make informed choices and disregard the rest. The video that was shared on Facebook today was vile and evoked such an emotional response in May that I had to write about it. Not my best writing for sure but I am okay with that. As Jodah said it was a good excuse to revisit some old teachings from my childhood. And, a good opportunity to share that visit with others. You stay just the way you are my friend. You are in a good place.

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    Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    I only have so much room in my cup (heart) and it is just too filled with love to have room for hate. It pops into my mind from time to time but with no room it has no place to call home with me.

    This was truly a beautiful piece and I read it twice, thank you.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Eric, good morning to you my kindhearted friend. Your comment comes as no surprise. If only there were more like you with hearts full of love. Your comment and visit mean a lot to me. I read this one with such speed and passion, knowing it wasn't my best but believing so completely in its message. It became more important to speak from the heart than to strive for perfection. Thank you for your support always.

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    Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Kindred, ....YES! I rarely watch the news...I refuse to watch talk shows....I turn my back on those who speak words of hatred. I have no time in my life for this vitriol that is washing over our society daily. One person at a time...that's how I change society....I give love to one person at a time, and wait for the tidal wave to form.

    blessings and love to you

    bill

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    Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

    So true, dear Linda, hatred will not change the world in any positive way, but it does without a doubt change the world in a negative way, unfortunately. ISIS is acting out their hatred towards Christians in a most horrifically barbaric way. Who would have ever thought we would see such violence at this point in time towards other humans ... and it continues.

    If we do not love, we do not know God. He tells us this very thing in His Word.

    God loves us all, and we should love like He loves.

    Peace and blessings always

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Kindred, I hear you. I do think it is healthy to occasionally see, hear, and feel what is going on in the world, even the negative. I think it makes us value the good things in life even more. As I stated in previous comments this hub was written in an emotional reaction to a video published by someone in my state who claimed to be a Christian and concluded the video "best stating" God bless and God bless America". I had to ask myself what God he recognizes because clearly it is not the same God that I know.

    As always your presence in my comments and in my life are a blessing.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dear faith reaper. You said it all when you said to love is to know God. You are so wise and precious. Thank you for always being a constant reminder of what is good and right in this world.

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    Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Excellent, balanced, and impassioned essay... Proving we can be intense and passionate ourselves but not resort to hatred or character assassination. I feel encouraged. Thank you Linda. Blessings.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Theresa, Hello! Thanks for the visit today. You make a very good point. The video that inspired this hub was so horrid and it made me feel so many emotions. But....none of them were hatred. It could easily have been though but I choose not to hate. Thankfully there are enough of us (you included) still living in the world and the haters are still the minority. We have to keep it that way. Blessings to you too!

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    Phil Perez 2 years ago

    We don't really hate anything around us. In reality, we hate ourselves and are discontent with our naivety and/or ignorance of not being able to understand and accept a certain thing about ourselves.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Phil, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate your visit. Although I understand in concept, and mostly agree, I do think there are some who really do hate. The hatred is most likely founded in fear but grows to such levels that it turns to hatred. But then, I'm not a professional so what do I know? lol Thanks again sor stopping by.

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    Phil Perez 2 years ago

    That's perfectly fine, lrc7815. I agree that there is a fear involved.

    I'm not a professional, either!

    Enjoy your day !

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    Yoleen Lucas 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

    EXCELLENT! It helps to remember that none of us is as strong as all of us.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Say Yes To Life - you said it perfectly. Thanks for the visit.

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    MizBejabbers 2 years ago

    Dear friend, Linda, I’m so glad to see another fine hub by you. When I first opened it, I thought it would be about ISIS, but not so. I think it is deplorable that we need to write hubs to our own Christian contingent reminding them that God is love, not hatred and prejudice. The fundamentalist churches have been taken over by the anti-Christ just like it was predicted by my Baptist church. Too bad my own denomination failed to heed its own warnings, and that is why I left the church. It is spiritual love that keeps this planet on track. It is very good that there are enough spiritual souls on this earth to do that, and it is also too bad that there are enough evil followers to give spiritual people a hard time keeping us on track.

    Why are people waiting for Jesus to come back? All they have to do is shut their yaps long enough to feel the eternal presence of Jesus the Christ who walks among us now. They are like Thomas, who had no faith until he felt the physical presence of Jesus nail-scarred hand. People pray to an external god to save them. They are so unspiritual that they fail to hear God speaking to them from within. When this capability is reached by more people, the hatred will cease. In 2011 it was estimated that only 7% to 9% of humans were truly spiritual. So, we will keep meditating love throughout the planet to help make that happen.

    I love your concern. I hope you are in good health and doing well. I haven’t seen any hubs from you in awhile. I said I would check your page from time to time, but we are in another legislative session and I don’t have much time right now. Love and light to you, my earth angel friend. Miz B.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Miz B, your message sent chill bumps all over me. You are so special And, you are so right about spiritual love. I haven't been in a church in years but my love and faith in God grows daily. This could have been a hub about ISIS. Instead though, it is a hub about a self-proclaimed Christian spewing hatred for those who might even resemble someone from ISIS. It made me so sad and angry that I had to write.

    writing has become a bit of a challenge as my eyesight continues to fade. I am experimenting with a speech to text software in hopes that it will allow me to continue writing. But, it has to be trained. lol

    I hope your legislative session is going better than ours. there is so much hatred there too that I wonder where we will end up. Our government is just a mess on every level.

    Your presence here is a wonderful gift today. It is always so good to hear from you. I hope you and Mr B are warm and healthy too. It's been such a cold winter here. My love to both of you. When the session ends and you have more time, perhaps we can catch up via email. I would love that.

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    Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

    How sad we need hubs like this to remind us not to hate. I count myself among those that do not hate for I see no reason. I may pity or feel sad for someone but hate is such a strong and dangerous emotion.

    You have certainly pointed out the reasons to be thankful and remember how lucky we are. May your writing here touch the heart of one who needs it!

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    tillsontitan, thank you for spending time with my hub. I agree that it is a sad day when a hub like this needs to be written. I think it is important to also remember how many good people there are in the world and that we are all trying to bring more goodness to the world. I count you among them. I appreciate your comment and votes. Blessings to you my friend.

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    poetryman6969 2 years ago

    Your title says it all. It probably works best with those who were raised as Christians. Perhaps it might work with Buddhists as well. It just seems true to me. But I doubt if you find many takers in say ISIS or Yemen.

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    Linda Crist 23 months ago from Central Virginia

    poetryman6969 - Thank you for the comment. It seems the news just continues to prove that hatred is alive and well. As I sit here listening to the news from South Carolina where nine people were shot over the color of their skin, I grieve for those in our society who are so ignorant and to believe that rage, gender, or religion are reasons to murder.

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    Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 23 months ago from Mississauga, ON

    I don't know why I failed to read this strongly written hub.

    You said it all. The haters don't realize that Jesus will have nothing to do with them on the Judgement Day - Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"

    I firmly believe that many haters from out political landscape are in a big disappointment when they meet with Jesus. Most probably they will take up arms against Him in the name of their lord or deity.

    Thank you very much indeed for sharing your angst against haters in this manner.

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    Linda Crist 23 months ago from Central Virginia

    Suhail Zubaid, thanjk you for reading my hub and leaving a comment. I wish you peace.

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