As I am reading Rebecca’s post about love being the only antidote to all the hate in the world today, I am listening to the news. The lead story today is about a shooting rampage in a naval yard in Washington, D.C. The estimated number of dead people this time is twelve. That’s right. Twelve more people dead at the hand of a madman.
Last week, it was the story of a teen who committed suicide because she couldn’t take the bullying anymore from other teens in her school. The week before that was another murderous rampage which resulted in numerous deaths by a lone shooter. And, of course there was the Boston bombing, as well as the Colorado shootings.
The list of incidents like these seems to go on and on anymore. I notice a trend in which murdering others seems to be a tolerable form of expressing anger and hate. These evil behaviors are becoming way too commonplace, as the death toll from these types of murders rises regularly.
My mind thinks back to a news story I read about a year ago which describes the death of another teen who committed suicide as a result of bullying in school. To me, suicide caused by bullying is just another form of murder. The bullies, although not directly committing the murder themselves, are the catalyst for the death of another. Before she ended her life, this particular teen left a picture of herself holding a note. The note read, “I have nobody. I need someone.” How sad is that? How lonely the haters must have made her feel.
So, I ask, “Have we become a society that leans more towards hate than love? Do we no longer value a person’s life so that it makes it easy to just kill them? If so, why?” I suggest that love started to disappear from people’s hearts when God took a backseat in people’s lives.
God is our role model for loving one another unconditionally. Yet, many have removed this standard from their lives. It’s not hard to see where this can lead…..to an absence of love and a corresponding tendency to hate. It’s no wonder that the stories of murder and hate are becoming more prominent in the news.
You may say that not every killing is the result of hate. Some of the perpetrators simply are insane; they’ve lost touch with reality. In some cases, this is absolutely true. But, in others, it is not. Many of the killings are driven by anger and hate, not insanity. We have to recognize that the only antidote is love. Love is what will start to drive out the hate.
In our blog, Rebecca and I hope to encourage people to, once again, put God at the forefront of their lives. A prominent politician once said, “If every child could fall asleep wrapped in the love of their family and God’s love, this world would be a much better and gentler place.”
We couldn’t agree more. And, we can extend that thought to include every living being, not just children. If everyone could feel the security of God’s love, we would all be in a much better place. Isn’t it a perfect time to make believing in God and His love fashionable again?!
I reiterate now Rebecca’s plea from the last post, in which she asked us all to commit to loving one another unconditionally, according to the model set before us by God. Here is God’s definition for unconditional love taken from 1 Corinthians 13 in the Bible:
Love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast. It is not proud or rude. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. It does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. LOVE NEVER FAILS!!!!!!
Let’s learn it, live it, and love it. Let’s link together to cover the world with a chain of unconditional love, and let’s begin to make the world a gentler place. Will you please show your commitment to unconditional love by joining our U Love chain here? Standing in unity under the banner of U Love is the only antidote to hate!!
See ‘ya next time!