Good Evening, God!
Thank You! Oprah summed up this hate laced political season in four little words. Jesus don’t like ugly. I watched her short statement 5 or six times and I believe with all my heart that it is a true statement! She was referring to a racist robocall (of which there have been too many) about Stacey Abrams who was running for governor of Georgia. But, it is true in every aspect of our lives.
I must confess . . . at first it did not occur to me that I might have some ugly in me. But, it didn’t take long before I realized that hating the purveyors of hate . . . is ugly too.
Jesus clearly tells us to BLESS BLESS and do not curse. And, when I make myself think and pray about it — it is clear. Folks stirring up hate surely do need Your Blessing.
Golly, God! Hate is on a continuum . . . and judging is on that continuum. I’m not talking about making thoughtful decisions. I’m talking about a knee jerk tendency to “judge and find wanting” that I have noticed in myself. Hmm. Judging and hating both keep us from hearing one another. Hearing with respect.
It is coming to me, God, that hearing with respect is a pretty good definition of love.