An Alternative to Hate

When I was a kid my friends and I would build tree forts amidst the Canadian boreal forest. Mosquitoes, spruce bugs and a variety of flies would bug us as we chopped trees down and fashioned together our forts, but they never deterred us from working together and getting the job done. Sometimes circumstances and attitudes can limit our possibilities, even to the point of rage and hate. There is much to be angry at in our highly politicized and divisive environment. Yet, much of what we see and hear through the various forms of media are but flies that can be faced in a productive and good manner. We can overcome the hate. We can concentrate on the good amidst us.

In the book of Exodus, Moses is commissioned by God to challenge the hate of Pharaoh. Sometimes we cannot ignore the consequences of hatred and evil but must (and through the strength and wisdom of Christ) come face to face with it and work towards productive and life giving solutions. Solutions can come easily and quickly, but usually they take time and effort. Regardless, we are to pray and love our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48), hold each other accountable (Galatians 6:1-2), and confront those who use hateful words for the sake of attention (Ephesians 5:11-12).

Clashing with hatred and evil takes a lot of faith. Let us work towards peace and joy as outlined in the Bible and trust the work of Christ in us, through us and with us. He is always faithful. Keep your eyes on Him and the world will see you as an alternative to hate.