Should we respond to hate with more hate? I dare say, most people know the answer to this question. It’s generic. It doesn’t specify what kind of hate. So chances are, most people would say “no, we should not respond to hate with more hate”. The problem is, in the back of our minds, there’s an “unless it’s ______”. If we’re talking about the specific kind of hate that pushes our buttons – the answer is quite different. Even if we don’t like to acknowledge it.
Salt and Light
What do I mean by self-proclaimed Christian? And what makes someone a self proclaimed Christian? Self-proclaimed Christian is something I started using a while back. It’s my attempt to try to differentiate someone who calls themselves a Christian, and yet, by visible appearances, doesn’t seem to be Christian.
The Vanity Fair headline reads: Florida advances bill that would ban making white people feel bad about racism. It immediately brought something to mind. Do they know that Jesus wasn’t white? In fact, Jesus was, gasp, Middle Eastern. And do they know what the Bible says about foreigners and aliens? Oh yeah, do they also know that white people would have been aliens in many parts of the known world in Biblical times? Does that mean Florida will ban the Bible?
Doesn’t everyone love their friends? Jesus asked, “Do not even pagans do that?” It was supposed to show that some of the things we Christians do aren’t anything special. That’s what “even pagans do that” was about. But what about the times when pagans do good things that even Christians don’t do? What kind of questions should we be asking ourselves when we’re in that situation?