Don't Be A Bird Brain!
Disagreement or Hate?
Which is It?
I was thinking about certain people that I have talked with and they seem
to think that if you disagree with anotherís lifestyle then you hate them. Not
true. Disagreement is not hate. Because of the days that we are living in I
believe that is an important point to make. You can disagree with a personís
lifestyle and not hate the person. You can easily hate what he does because it
is destroying his life and/or others and not hate him. To use an illustration,
if I say rape is wrong and you say rape is right then we are not both correct nor
do we hate each other. One is right and the other is wrong. Hate does not even
come into the picture. Common sense and seeing the fruit or results of the act
can tell us if it is right or wrong. Does it help relationships or destroy them?
If one is getting fulfillment and the other isnít, or even if both parties are
getting fulfillment, is it right? Is right determined on what a person feels
like at the time?
There is a difference in hating what a person does and hating the person,
a big difference. I can hate being lied to or stolen from but not hate the
person. That person could be starving or deceived and believes that he has to
do what he is doing to get by. A society cannot continue if wrong flourishes
within it. It has been seen by history over and over that a country falls when
it goes morally wrong. When it doesnít deal with wrong behavior. Think for a
minute. How long would this society stand if it ceased to judge criminal
activities? If fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals continued on with their
lifestyles? In a short time sexual diseases would be running rampant.
If thieves, murderers, cheaters continued on with their lifestyles? The
innocent would be broke, dead, and/or deceived. Those practicing this form of
behavior would be doing it to each other pretty soon since they would be the only
ones left and hence society would be destroyed. ďRighteousness exalteth a nation
but sin is a reproach to any people:Ē (Proverbs 14:34)
Is there a higher law at work within telling us right and wrong? Is it
innately known? Do we have some sort of law written within our being that tells
us certain things? And if so why and where does it come from? There are acts
that most seem to agree on in knowing that they wrong, degrading, evil, etc.
Things such as abortion, or other forms of murder, stealing seems to be another
form of aberrant behavior, even lying and cheating donít go over well with the
law or feeling within us. We know that it is wrong but why is it wrong?
God created mankind with a conscience to know right and wrong so they could
survive as a people but as mankind goes deeper into sin, this sense of right and
wrong gets corrupted, deformed or confused. It is no longer a good measuring rod
to measure with so others have to decide for that person since he or she has gone
too far into evil things that evil doesnít seem that evil anymore. That is a
pattern in the past for nations that fell and it is the same truth for nations
today. And when the others over a nation go into the same form of thought
patterns then that nation will crumble from within. The bible talks about a time
when evil is good and good is evil. It looks like we are almost there again.
So hate, greed, malice, fear, corruption sets in and mankind will cease to be in
those areas that this lifestyle is practiced.
Finally we deal with questions of private concern. Do you hate the person
that you disagree with or do you just hate his views on the particular subject
that you are dealing with? Can you hate the person that you disagree with? Sure
you can! But you can also love the person that you disagree with since they
donít necessarily have anything in common. More than likely, you would probably
love the person that you disagree with rather than hate him. A person hating
another person wonít normally speak up when the other person is doing something
that could cause hurt to himself, or confusion, etc. since he hates him. He
could care less about his situation. Hate or love is a decision that you make
in basically the same way that you make a decision to agree or disagree with
someone. But those decisions are decided upon in many different ways such as the
personís attitude, his make-up or mindset, his personality, his focus, his desire
for certain end results, etc.
The bible tells us that we are to trust in the Lord with all of our heart
and not lean unto our own understanding (Check Proverbs 3:5,6). The days are
getting darker as time goes on. We who are Christians must shine the light of
Jesus so that the world can see the way that they are to go.
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