Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Slyness of Hatred

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."  ...  1 Timothy 2:1,2


An Obama Hater friend of mine (one of several) shared an article about how Michelle Obama is replacing junk food in schools with healthier choices and, initially, I thought, "Oh good! Looks like _____ is lightening up about our Presidential couple."

But uh, no. Wham! She royally torpedoed this attempt by Mrs. Obama to help ease the obesity epidemic among our Nation's kids. ("Don't tell me how to feed my kids!")

This woman and I were children together, she was a deep, thoughtful child, golden really, and when we reconnected online, she was still special, different than the norm. I rejoiced to find her again. 

But oh dear. Six years ago, the iron of Obama Hatred entered into her soul. Absolutely everything the Obama's do is evil in her eyes and she'll list for you all their mistakes. Everything amiss in our Country stems from its leader, she surmises. Everything he's done has colored her daily life all black. 

She once spread grace and kindness and humor, but now she extends poison. She'll listen to no one with a differing, balanced view. Her bitterness has opened doors to scary places and--as I see it--now only prayer can open those heavy doors which locked behind her. Only prayer can make her want to leave that which has consumed her and choose Light, Life and balance again, instead.

And in the meantime, I am sad and horrified for her.

Please--to all my readers--do not venture anywhere close to the scary places where bitterness waits to drag you by the neck. Those places are real. Wasting whole years in resentment over anything is never worth it, for nothing is worth blocking our view of God.

Instead, please choose forgiveness, mercy, prayer, standing firm in faith and God's word, obedience, and walking in love. Love, the best, the greatest of these.


If I'd watched this happen to just one friend, I'd probably not have written this post. But she is one of so many.


"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]."   ... Ephesians 6:12

"(For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)" ...   2 Corinthians 10:4

"By our words we will be justified, by our words we'll be condemned."   ... Matthew 12:37


Anyone feeling sorry for themselves today? This will fix you right up.(You may recall this from a couple years ago.)


I'm finding lots of free cozy mysteries for my Kindle here. (Double check each one to make certain it is free.)

I'm currently enjoying the writing in this Christian mystery, especially. 


Theresa F said...

I have known a few "Christians" filled with seething hatred. It is frightening indeed. My own aunt died unsaved and absolutely filled with hatred to members of her own family.

One cannot profess to follow Christ yet hate people.

As for your friend, Obama is just a person. He is not responsible for generations of sinful actions that have landed America where it is today. I hope your friend will repent and leave Obama to God.

Anonymous said...

I,too, have seen this seething hatred. There isn't enough time to put so much energy into hared. For so many of the Conservative Christians in this area where I live Obama is responsible for anything that happens.
When did God stop being in charge?

A Joyful Chaos said...

Guarding our hearts against bitterness is important to me. I don't want to allow other peoples actions to rob me of my joy!


Nan said...

I am again so very impressed at your thoughtful consideration of a situation.

Debra said...

Thank-you, Everyone! It's always reaffirming when my readers really understand the main point of what I'm trying to say ... and when they let me know they get it. :) I love to hear your own personal stories, as well.

Thanks again! Blessings, Debra

Bonnie said...

Thanks for the reminder, Debra. The world can be discouraging.

Bonnie said...

The link to the quilter is nothing short of amazing to me. Supernatural faith, I would have to say. It has cheered me up greatly. Thanks for sharing it, Debra. : )