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Fear Divides Us

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I have never seen so many self-proclaimed Christians preaching the gospel of hate as in recent days, and it sickens me.  I am thinking maybe they've misread The Book.  It makes me even sadder when I see friends and family members promoting these messages of hate.  I wonder if they are even thinking about what they share, or are just going along with what they've heard and seen, with what is currently politically correct.  Ignorance breeds fear, fear breeds hatred, and hatred breeds violence.  There are so many things we share that unite us, yet we let our fear of what we don't understand divide us; open hearts and minds can change that.
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I'm linking up with Ivy Walker at "Uncharted" for Six Sentence Stories
The cue this week is "division"


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18 comments:

  1. Fear is absolutely the most divisive of motivation - it shows up time and time again throughout history and (clearly) continues today. I think the biggest part of it is that we fear that which we do not understand, that which is different. And yet there are so many examples out there of what positive results can come from taking the time to be kind, be open, and learn the truth about the things or people or ideas that we fear. Understanding is the key to solving these problems - at least that's what I think.

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    1. I absolutely agree with you Lisa. There are so many awesome people even if every labeled group has a few from the dark side. It is so wrong to blame the whole for the few. Love has the power to change perception!

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  2. It's sad, Josie. Religion seems to be so, so skewed these days. :(

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    1. I agree Michelle, but I think it's always been that way... at least way back to the time of the Crusades. We have to take a serious look at faith and walking the talk of what we claim to believe. Love and hate can't reside in the same heart!

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  3. If you want to be a Christian, you need to remember that you must love everyone, even your enemies, although you do not have to support what they do. Those who commit evil need to be stopped, but not hated.

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    1. Amen, Mimi! I think this is the best explanation I've read to date. I am never in agreement with those who seek to harm others, but I don't have to let that become a reason to hate, and worse yet to blame others for their behavior!

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  4. Sigh. The truth of this makes me so very sad.

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    1. Me too Ivy, I've been stunned by some of the Facebook commentary I've seen running this past week from people I thought I really knew.

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    1. Thank you Clark. I can't think of anything in recent times that has hurt my heart more than the display of hatred we've seen manifested this past week. The song refrain that keeps repeating in my head is ... "and they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love..."

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  6. You know I agree with you on this one. It is interesting to me that the violence is politically, not religiously motivated, and the hate so destructive. The Book I read says, "Whatsoever you do to the least of your brothers, so you do unto me." Where is that hate directed?

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    1. You've made a powerful point, Val! I had a coworker state the other day that we should just obliterate the entire Middle East... and she honestly believed that it was ok to do that, and that it would somehow magically end terrorism if we did. I was just stunned.

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  7. Sadly with the sheer numbers of refugees entering benevolent countries there are insufficient checks to ensure whether immigrants are genuine. Being generous in this way leaves the benefactor at an extreme disadvantage especially when the values and beliefs of both parties are so diverse. There is no easy answer when resentment and hate are being imported.

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    1. I agree with you that there are no easy answers, Old Egg, and most certainly a better way of handling such crisis situations needs to be developed. But it is so very wrong to judge the intent of the whole by the actions of a few.

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  8. There have been religious battles for thousands of years. I would hope we could over come that.

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    1. Gail, I too would like to think that we could someday grow beyond hating and destroying each other in whatever name of God we use, when most certainly the entire Universe cries out as such evil.

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  9. I stand firm in my belief and my resolve, that which holds us to on another is stronger than that which would tear us apart. And Love is always the answer! :)

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    1. Although I am beginning to wonder if we are in the minority, Rory, I absolutely agree with you. Love IS always the answer. "They" are far more like "us" than we sometimes understand. But sit down with any mother and ask how she feels about her children and you will see that we are the same.

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