There has been a video passed around on social media since the recent shootings in Las Vegas by the title of ‘Dear Hate’ by Maren Morris and Vince Gill. So very timely. (Watch it below.)
The lyrics made me ponder a bit. From where does this kind of hate come from…the kind of hate that causes one to snap and begin to plot and plan the demise of as many lives as is possible without even a second thought? … The kind of hate that lies in wait to take the life of a God-appointed leader with the bend of a single finger? Where does this kind of hate begin to take root?
The line “you whisper down through history and echo through these halls…” Then the one word itself…’whisper’…..
This. This is how it starts.
A whisper in one’s mind, which turns into a thought, which then, when nurtured, becomes a stronghold.
‘Hate’ defined is ‘an intense or passionate dislike‘ and/or ‘hostility‘.
There will be those who carry this intense dislike worldwide, but then there will be those whose hate is known only amongst a few; and finally, there may be those who carry their hostility in solitude. Hate comes in many forms.
So, where does this whisper of hate come from? The enemy….from the wiles of the devil.
In John 8, Jesus speaks of Abraham’s seed and of Satan’s seed. When He speaks of the enemy, of Satan, He says that he does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. Jesus goes on to call him not only a liar but the father of lies.
“He begins by bombarding our mind with a cleverly devised pattern of little nagging thoughts, suspicions, doubts, fears, wonderings, reasonings and theories” (Battlefield of the Mind).
When these whispers of hate, which come in the form of jealousy, envy, pride, arrogance, discord, division, rage, etc., etc., we MUST know they come from the enemy, the father of lies. These things come from the enemy, and the people who dish out these forms of hate are being used by him to do his work.
Scripture tells us “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).
This is why we must DAILY put on the full armour of God so that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph. 6:11).
But that doesn’t mean we have to hate in the midst of them.
Let us embrace our differences and learn from one another by speaking softly of our differences and allowing our gentleness to be made known to all men as we do so. It is our uniqueness that allows one’s weakness to be supported by another’s strength.