Hatred

I saw a short little video a while back and it said “It’s easy to identify what you hate. What makes your heart break and your fists clench?” It made me think. What do I hate? Hate is a very serious word, just like love. I don’t like to use either one carelessly, though I sometimes do. The thing that stirs up the most hatred when I think about it is the popular culture I’m surrounded by. The culture I go to school with, the culture I watch on TV, the culture I read and hear. It’s a constant message of pleasing myself, putting me first, partying like there is no tomorrow, chasing any desire I have no matter who gets hurt. It’s everywhere, waves of that message smash against me everyday. The part that makes me the angriest isn’t that I’m constantly being bombarded by this lie. I have Christ as my Guide and Truth, and even though I slip and fall He will never let me go.  I hate the culture I’m surrounded by because of the people I know that are saturated in it. The people who our culture has its slimy, creeping, dark little hands around. I get so enraged that people I care about think chasing shadows will bring them joy; popularity, sex, grades, a career, a white picket fence, alcohol, a boyfriend or girlfriend, the list goes on. It’s a feeling that could knock me off my feet if I let it. I don’t hate the people who are drowning in a culture full of hog wash, I love them. Like Ephesians 6:12 says “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places”. I don’t want to fight against people, I want to fight against the garbage that we are ensnared by. “Live like there is no tomorrow”….. if I knew there was no tomorrow I would not party endlessly. I assume (I like to think) I would run myself into the ground sharing the gospel with every single person that I came across. After death when I’m with Christ is the time to party, now is that time to serve, love and follow Jesus. So yes, live like there is no tomorrow but not by acting like an idiot, or an irresponsible child, but by pouring your love out onto people and by picking up the “whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13) What makes your heart break and your fists clench?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3uBtZINuoQ&feature=autoplay&list=PL8C8DD94A9A13B618&lf=plpp_video&playnext=1

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