Stop the Hating. Please, Just Stop the Hating Now

I discovered the other day that an old friend of mine was found severely beaten and left for dead in a ditch. Needless to say, my heart sank. I had always sympathized with situations like this, but never thought I’d be placed in one myself. Not even a week later, the Newtown shootings occurred. And now, not even a day after posting this, I found out that a friend of mine was stabbed and killed. And I can’t understand it.

I don’t understand a hatred so deep that you could want to kill someone. I’ve wanted to punch someone before, and I have punched someone before. But, that’s the EXTREME for me. You have to really piss me off to get me there. Well, right now, I AM that pissed. That, and heartbroken. I want to freaking punch something! And who am I so mad at? Well, it’s more of a what. I’m irate with the present state of the world. And I’m heartbroken for the same reason.

I just don’t understand it. And I’m not going to feed you some quasi-religious bs that these occurences are “signs from God that we need Him.” While I agree that we need God more, I disagree that He would purposely impose the slaughter of children to show us that. Now, for the somewhat spiteful part of my post…

I hate when people hate people. I hate when people hurt people. But, most of all, I hate when people hurt people out of hate. I think it’s stupid to hate people. It’s just such a waste of time because all it does is make you unhappy. So, if you hate someone, you’re stupid (I’m included in that group myself. I am an idiot for hating people). Hatred is a byproduct of conceitedness. Basically, if you hate a person, it’s probably because you have a certain degree of conceit and that person interrupted your ideal world and showed you something/did something that contradicted what you previously believed about yourself. Or more accurately, they brought to light something you already knew about yourself, but buried deep down inside yourself so you don’t have to feel like crap.

Seriously, we need to get our acts together. We live in a planet that’s full of self-centeredness and selfishness. In philosophy terms, we live in a very egoist planet. So, if you didn’t get the point: stop hating people, because it probably just means that you have personal problems you need to work out within yourself.

“The sun is beating down, are we ever gonna change, can we stop the blood from running? Our time is running out, will we find another way before we’re finally left with nothing. So many lives are taken, so much love is wasted.” ~ Alter Bridge, “Rise Today”

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Too Concerned With the Wrong Thing?

I’ve been seeing a lot of Christians discussing the tragedy of the Connecticut shooting lately. What I’ve observed (and found myself participating in) is that people are getting too involved in the politics of the shooting. Once I came back to the discussions with a cool head, I realized the folly in my ways.

Amongst the arguments for and against guns and gun rights and gun control, I saw very little talk of Jesus. Very little talk of love. Very little talk of things that we should be concerned with. Now, of course, stricter gun laws are a natural reaction, and a good one. But, I’m not here to talk about that part of this…

We, as Christians, should be more concerned with what is wrong with the world that we feel the need to own guns. We should be more concerned with loving and supporting those who have lost their little babies. I see fellow Christians arguing “I deserve my gun, this is America. I’m just defending myself.” When, shouldn’t we really be saying “What is wrong with the world?”

I want to see my feeds on Facebook and Twitter full of love and compassion for each other. Not division over stupid things of the world. Not “Rawr. Guns, guns, guns” and “No, you’re stupid. Prohibition, prohibition, prohibition.” Instead of making a statement like “This is why guns should be outlawed, so sick people like that can’t get them” (because that’s not even an entirely true statement, bad people will always get guns), we should making a statement like “This is a terrible tragedy. What can I do to help change the world so that something like this won’t happen?” After all, Jesus wasn’t concerned with changing laws, He was concerned with changing hearts and people. One person is like a domino. They’ll change someone, and they’ll change someone, and so on. So, help by changing a person in your life, not by trying to change a law…

“Three things will last forever — faith, love, and hope — and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)