Love Trumps Hate

Essay by Jelena Anderson

Watching the aftermath of the inauguration of our 45th president has been a rather sad spectacle. Scrolling through social media is only confirming that sadness as members on both sides of the political aisle seem to have forgotten their manners, their raising, and how to be decent human beings in general.

As Christians most of us praised God for Trump’s election. We cheered while watching the inauguration because the name of God was mentioned again, prayers were said in His Son’s name, and we finally saw a glimmer of hope of returning our great nation back to its Christian roots and values.

But do we even understand what that means anymore?

What is it that Christ told us to do?

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40 NIV)

We do a pretty good job with the first part, or at least we say we love God with all our heart, soul and mind; but if we truly did, wouldn’t we also be able to live out the second part and love our neighbor as we love ourselves?

There have been a lot of memes coming out ridiculing the Women’s March, and don’t get me wrong; I disagree with what the feminists were doing for multiple reasons; but when I see my fellow Christians liking and sharing memes that tell feminists to go be ugly somewhere else, or that nobody wants to grab them anyways, I’m starting to understand why the other side doesn’t believe us when we talk about God’s great love for us because we don’t show that love to them.

Did we forget that we were all created in His image? So what are we really saying when we call them ugly and tell them that nobody would want them anyways?

Here is the thing, these mindsets didn’t pop up overnight. It has been years and years of misunderstandings, misinformation, hurt and rejection that caused this; and we won’t get rid of it one day after the inauguration. I think it was a great start because I believe that Donald Trump will give Christians a voice again; but it is up to us to walk the walk and not just talk the talk or nothing will change.

I don’t think there is a war on women in America even though I’m sure there are areas that could use some improvement; but compared to other countries, women in America are just fine! And no, I don’t think we are infringing on your rights when we tell you killing unborn children is not ok.

But those arguments don’t work with liberals, and if you have ever tried to debate them you know that for yourself. They might run out of what we would consider “reasonable” things to say pretty quickly but that doesn’t mean that they listen to you, or believe what you’re saying. They just don’t understand it and it’s not because they are not as smart or educated as you.

It’s a heart issue.

1 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV) tells us “the person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit”.

So if you want to change their mind on these issues, insulting them is not the way to go. It only proves to them that Christians really are hypocrites who only love those who agree with them.

It is their hearts that first must change and that is not something you or I can do; but only God can. Our job is to pray for them; to pray for their hardened hearts of stone to be turned into tender hearts of flesh again, so that they may be able to receive God’s love.

Pray for their hearts to be healed and to be delivered from the hurts they suffered.

We know that there is a spirit of confusion and deception running rampant, so pray against that. Pray for their eyes to be opened and for the scales to fall from their eyes.

Jesus didn’t throw insults at those who disagreed with him. Stop aiding the enemy and start being the light you were called to be. Start showing the love of God to those who don’t know His love.

Instead of spreading more hate on social media, why not sit down with some of them and listen to their stories? Don’t’ dare them to prove their point to you. Don’t be feisty. Just listen.. Find out why they believe the way they do. You can show love to them even when you disagree with them and maybe this will give you an opportunity to share your testimony with them; because at some point in your life God also had to change your heart.

Love truly does trump hate. It’s time that we as Christians show that!