Faith, Never Beyond

Never Beyond: Hatred

People of the Second Chance have posted their next poster in the Never Beyond series.  This post will cause people to feel hatred, fear, ambivalence or perhaps something else.  The Ku Klux Klan is a particularly ugly group that hate because of  strong racism, anti-Catholicism, anti-Communism, anti-immigrant, anti-homosexual, and antisemitism sentiments.  When I think of the KKK, I think of people that are so wrapped up in fear, that they let that it rule them.

We are a people who are filled with fear.  You see it in those suffering from anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  I’ve heard it said that the opposite of fear is faith.  What I see in those that have a deep-seated fear in their lives is the absence of a real faith.  Also, the inability to love with an unconditional, no-strings attached love. These go hand-in-hand because God is love.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  Romans 5:6-8

We are not very loveable people.  We hate, we fail, we screw up all the time.  BUT GOD!  But God loved us anyway.  He sent his own son to die for our sins, making the need for an imperfect animal sacrifice obsolete.  We had THE BEST sacrifice made for our sins…a human one!  None of us were good enough.  NONE OF US!!!  You know what that means?  We are just as sinful as those in the KKK or any other hate group!  Shocking!  Sin is sin.  Sin is the falling short of the glory of God and of His plan for our lives.

We need to spend a lot more time loving one another and whole lot less time hating.  When we hate, we give satan more power over our lives.  If God is love, then satan is not.  So, love your brothers and sisters on this planet we’re all living on.  Because three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

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16 thoughts on “Never Beyond: Hatred”

  1. Fear and Faith…I used to be riddled with fear. And find I am less and less so the more I believe in the person of Jesus. Hmm…sounds like faith, huh 🙂

    Thank you for writing. Really nuts and bolts stuff. No fluff. Love it!

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  2. Fear has incredible power to motivate people into hatred. Understanding that root cause puts you in the right place to forgive and love. Jesus understands human impulse, and conquered it … and he’s our model! Thanks for posting this, Sandy 🙂

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  3. Powerful words, Sandy! Fear is such a powerful motivator; it is our job as followers of Jesus and dispensers of grace to eradicate it wherever we go and show people – even KKK members! – that there is another way…one that doesn’t bank of fear, but on faith….one that doesn’t rely on hate, but on love…one that never despairs, but always hopes. Thank you for the reminder and thank you for sharing your heart!

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