By Jesse Jost
How do you get people to plug their ears to the cries of a suffering people? How do you get young men to march children and grandparents to their deaths? You encourage a spirit of hate that dehumanizes the other.
The only way a human can cope with killing and torturing another human, is to refuse to look at the other’s humanity and see them instead as an animal, a social menace, or a threat to personal safety.
The apostle John wrote that he who hates his brother is a murderer. Jesus warned of the danger of anger and hate by comparing them to committing murder in the heart.
Hate reduces our view of other people to a label or a one-dimensional threat to the causes that are important to us.
When viewed through the lens of hate, other humans are no longer thinking, feeling individuals, with dreams and hurts and insecurities. They are instead problems that need to be fixed or dangers that need to be quarantined or eliminated.
None of us would ever let hate so infect our hearts that we would commit genocide… right?
Hate doesn’t start with murder. It starts with a subtle irritation toward those with differences in opinion.Continue reading…