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“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 

1 Corinthians 13:13 King James Version

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“The greatest of these is love,” that’s our—contemporary English–translation of “charity.”  One might profitably sum up Christianity with that verse alone. Do all Christians—a company in which I am proud to hold membership—“love” everyone?  Do they want to buy everybody a Coke and sing in perfect harmony?  If you recognize the reference, you’re obviously of an age.  The iconic, and very silly, Coca Cola commercial to which I refer aired in 1971, my junior year in high school.  It seemed meaningful at the time…

In a word: no.  Christians don’t love everybody.  They do, however, have a significant advantage over non-Christians: if they’re serious about their faith, they at the very least try not to hate others.  They do this by honoring not only scripture, but the Constitution, which was inspired by the Judeo-Christian tradition, and which exhorts us to treat all as equal under the law and essentially, to leave others alone.  That, gentle readers, is actual tolerance.

That is also a great advantage of Christianity: no one is forced to believe.  No one is canceled, called names or deprived of their job.  Yes, I know in centuries past some Christians were as stupid and oppressive as human beings can tend to be.  They tried to force others to appear to embrace the one true faith.  Some even thought they were doing those they oppressed a favor, the favor of everlasting salvation. But God knows his own, and thankfully, Christianity grew out of those decidedly un-Christian tendencies.  Some faiths have not.

Why am I a Christian?  Because I’ve studied and decided to take the necessary leap of faith.  That I, and more than 2.3 billion others—Christianity remains the largest faith worldwide–have made the same decision does not, as Thomas Jefferson said, break the legs or pick the pockets of those who have not made that choice.  I also believe there is, by design, a hole in the souls of men only God can fill.  Fulfillment awaits us all—if we wish.  Thus endeth the proselytizing for today.

The point is not that I am holier than thou.  Lord knows how I’ve failed and continue to fail, how very human I am and always will be.  The point is, while I do not love everyone, and find some people disagreeable, and some more than disagreeable, and a smaller portion of humanity actually evil, I choose not to hate.  Should someone harm Mrs. Manor, for example, I am tempted to say all bets would be off, but that’s not quite correct.  I would merely see that what was necessary to do was done.

Hate, you see gentle readers, destroys the soul.  It’s self-destructive, an impossible burden, a conceit that we can, through our hate, affect others and in some warped way, make the world better.  It’s an act of malignant narcissism.  The world will, of course, be better when we force others to think, speak and act as we prefer, because in the application of our hate, we signal our intellectual and moral superiority.  We signal our virtue, because all the “right” people must hate the beliefs, philosophies, actions and persons we hate.  How could it be otherwise, particularly if we are the self-imagined, credentialed, extensively schooled, but not educated, elite?

Better that we try to live our lives at least making the effort to love others.  We’ll fail.  We’re not going to love everyone, but at least it’s the foundation of our beliefs and relationships with others, and that has the potential to truely make the world better.  We start, in the political sense, with the Constitution and the social compact, which requires of us little more than obeying the law, doing unto others as we would have them do unto us, and pretty much leaving others alone.  The benefits are great, but hate—evil—exists not to make a better world or better people, but to destroy both.

Hate is a powerful emotion, and for those espousing the secular religions of socialism and communism, the driving force.  Hate is all-encompassing, seizing the thoughts, desires, intentions and actions of those who allow it to infect them.  I say “allow,” because hate is a choice.  It destroys common sense, logic and reason and justifies the misery hate produces because when one is justified in their hatred, any means justify the noble ends.

Hate is the driver of racism.  We know because the supply of racists, white supremacists, domestic terrorists and insurrections is grossly insufficient to meet the demand.  Thus are Americans who merely stood on, or even near, the grounds of the Capital on January 6 all of those things, and all worthy of burning hatred and righteous prosecution because they’re haters!  Have I yet mentioned those consumed with hate invariably project their hatred on others, ascribing to them rage and prejudice they do not share?

We know because of innumerable race hoaxes, from lost shoelaces in college dorms to horrifying nooses hanging from construction cranes, a “noose” found on the site of the construction of the temple of The One, and a garage door pull at a NASCAR track, the latter requiring the efforts of no less than 15 FBI agents.  We know because virtually every Republican politician, particularly those who are particularly effective and popular, are worse than Hitler, and if you’re not only Hitler, but worse than Hitler, what means is insufficient, what means out of bounds, to effect the end of destroying them?

We know because essentially half of America is now labeled systemically racist, irredeemable, forever branded with the scarlet R of racist, unable to ever cleanse the contagion of racism.  The best such hated wretches can ever do is to become “anti-racist,” or “allies” of those who brand them, confessing their eternal damnation, thus demonstrating the superior morality and intellect of those that hate them.

To the rational, the idea that half of America circa 2022 could possibly be racist is beyond absurd.  Where is the proof?  None is forthcoming, individually or collectively, because hate is its own, ultimate, self-evident proof.  Hatred is wrong wherever it works its evil designs, but love, inspired by faith, requires proof, actual evidence and common sense.  That man is racist!  Those who hate accept the mere accusation as proof, because it aligns the true believer with other true believers and signals their individual and collective virtue.  Those who love, or at least recognize the value in the effort, say: “where’s the proof?”  They demand proof because they realize the presumption of innocence will not be applied to them if they deny it to others.  To do otherwise is to deny the value of all human beings, to give in to hate.

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Hatred is also expressed in THE NARRATIVE.  The twisting of language serves to brand those so accused with an indelible scarlet letter.  What could those who spread misinformation, disinformation, hate speech or-–gasp—the slightest appreciation for Donald Trump, be other than haters?  The application of the label is definitive, and because no proof, other than the accusation/labeling is required, irreversible.  Even Hester Prynne’s community began to see her innate goodness, to love rather than hate, but circa 2022, no forgiveness is forthcoming for the labeled.

Hatred is also jealousy—envy–another fundamentally evil virus that afflicts humanity.  It seeks to lower others, to reduce them in liberty, their very humanity, ostensibly for their own good and the corporate good, but in reality to vindicate the psychopathology of those that truly hate.  Hatred is the driving force of slavery, reducing others in value and humanity that their servitude is self-evidently justified and moral.  This is justification for socialism and its more murderous next step, communism, for under those secular religions, all but the elite are slaves.

We see it manifested in hatred for the uncommon, common man, the American who works, contributes, raises a family, obeys the law, the social contract, who honors the Constitution and who leaves others alone.  Why should that man or woman be the subject of hate, when those who riot, loot, destroy the life’s work of honorable people, and even murder, are celebrated, proclaimed victims of people who victimize no one.  The 2020 “summer of love” was an orgy of hate, encouraged and abetted by those whose hatred is apparent in their self-imagined elite posturing.  We see it in the two-tiered system of justice that vilifies the Normal and excuses, even praises the criminal.

Those projecting their hatred reveal their beliefs on the existence of God.  God is the source of truth, grace, mercy and love, yet Democrats/Socialists/Communists reject His existence.  However, they have no doubt about what constitutes hatred, and ultimately, evil: opposition to their beliefs and policies.  Thus do they violently resist “hate speech,” and more recently, “misinformation” and “disinformation” which is essentially anything anyone says or writes that would tend to put them in a bad light—usually telling the truth about them—and/or anything with which they disagree.  In essence, the mere existence of those that oppose them is justification for the elimination of the First Amendment and the Constitution in general.

Hatred drives them to reject the very concept of objective truth.  They reject the Ten Commandments, even though one need not be Christian to know ignoring them inevitably leads human beings to misery.  Instead they substitute “your truth,” or “alternate ways of knowing,” in other words, impossible to support or prove beliefs or assertions, which of necessity reject objective reality.  The Commandments are sage advice all moral people practice, purposely or coincidentally.

Food for thought, gentle readers, in our turbulent times.  As I’ve so often said, our political troubles would end if all who would be American would willingly embrace our national faith—the Constitution.  If our representatives would say, “I want this policy, but it’s unconstitutional, so I’ll not propose it.”  Perhaps, it is first necessary to embrace the word of God, before embracing man’s best attempt to codify his Word, and love, or at the very least, avoid hate.