Cool, I was a dumb blogger with a click-bate-esque title…time to go drown in self-hatred for a little bit!
So as 99% of America is aware of the riots and protesting in Chicago last night, I just had a few thoughts about this current election and the state of our country.
The events that happened in Chicago last night were very disheartening. Most everything Trump has done has been pretty disheartening, but last night topped it all. The riots between Trump supporters and protestors was sickening. Neighbors fighting neighbors, friends ruining friendships…It makes me sad.
What is going on America? Just like in hockey, both sides involved in this fight need to go to the penalty box for five minutes.
The worst part about this is we are losing an unwinnable war as a country. There is so much rhetoric filled with hatred on both sides of this fight. I have said it myself that I hate Trump, but I am no longer going to put myself in that group. I dislike Trump, I do not support Trump, a lot of things Trump does infuriate me, but I do not hate Trump.
Hate vs. Hate is a war that only ends in a loss, but it is understandable. We can't stop hateful people by hating them. Hating a hater only makes more hate.
Hating is so easy. It is effortless. It goes without any time passing. I can hate so many things at the same time and exert no effort. Hate seems almost natural. That is why it is so dangerous to continue to be in a country that seems to be filled with so much hatred.
Romans 12:9 says to "hate what is evil and cling to what is good." But if you say "Trump is evil." You need to admit to yourself that you are too because we all are terrible (Total depravity for the win).
So if we are called to hate what is evil and people are evil we need to hate people right?
WRONG. We are also called to "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," in Matthew 5:44.
Woo-hoo two stereotypical Bible verses! But the most stereotypical are usually the most important to remember because they are some of the hardest to actually live.
This week I told my friends that I was going to take a week off thinking about politics because I was just getting so exhausted by it. This is the first year I am allowed to vote and I don’t know if I actually will, because I can’t get behind any of these candidates. I was getting so riled up by the fact that our country is letting someone like Donald Trump continue to rise, but then I had a thought. This is probably the most awfully cheesy, Sunday school sentence I have written in a long time, but my thought was this.
Jesus loves Donald Trump.
That felt weird to write, but it is also the truest statement I will ever write. Jesus loves Trump, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves you and he loves all the people on this earth.
The reason I know this (Besides the multitude of Bible verses on the fact) is that love is sacrifice and Jesus lived the most sacrificial 33 years anyone ever has, or will, ever live.
Love does not exist without sacrifice, but in hate the only thing we sacrifice is love. To be able to love we need to sacrifice our opinions, our ideologies and a grocery list of so many things, but we don't want to because that is difficult. We don't want to do difficult things. It is against human nature. It is why the Christian life is so difficult because it is a life with love and not hate and love is hard and hate is easy.
Love does not mean support. I can love my friends, but that doesn’t mean I support everything they do. Love involves condoning each other. The only people you can tell they are wrong (outside of a comment section) are the people you love most.
So as I saw America continue to hurt last night and have so much hate it just reminded me that this is understandable. We can hate all the want, but it will never get us anywhere except to more hate. As Americans, especially as Christian Americans we need to remember that there is another option and that option is love. Hate is simple and that is why it is so attractive, but love is complex and so are the issues our country is facing.
Pray for America. We need it. We are hurt. Christ is the answer to world problems, not politics. RANT OVER.