Tuesday Re-mix –
If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 1 John 4:20
“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do.” Anne Lamott
I’m not sure I have anything truly creative to say about this…nothing new or fresh or amazingly profound. I am just growing weary (that is diplomatic talk for “sick & tired”) of “churches” who take pride in talking about all the people they hate. They hate Muslims, they hate homosexuals, they hate abortionists, they hate democrats, etc. Then, when you dare to step in a little closer, it turns out they hate Methodists, and they hate Episcopalians and they hate Catholics and they hate Presbyterians, and they hate this flavor of Baptists or that flavor of Baptists, etc. Then, if you dare to come in a little closer, it turns out they hate pretty much anyone who dares to disagree with them as well. And that would include me, because I am truly fed up with them.
I would like to round them all up and stick them all on a deserted island somewhere and just rejoice as they inevitably turn their hatred toward each other and begin killing each other off. Good riddance, I say. I just do not like them at all. In fact, sometimes I am sure that I hate them. And I’m pretty sure God does too.
Do you see what just happened? I see it often in conflict situations. I sit down to talk with a party who is obviously a “player” in the conflict and is clearly one of …