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
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