Compassionate Love: Displaying compassion for those who struggle with mental illness (c) 2017 Nancy Virden, Always The Fight Ministries
Racism. It’s a word we all know but which has different meanings depending who is asked.
Across the nation, in loud and undeniable terms, racism is seen as hatred. There are other words equally aligned with hate: homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, and more. My question today is not whether these issues are matters of hate, but rather why do we associate them with hate?
The surface answer is obvious. By excluding persons based on one characteristic, we are judging and condemning them. That’s certainly not nice, and more often than not is hatred. I’ve heard people try to rationalize their prejudiced remarks by suggesting they do not hate, they only do not like those they denigrated.
So what is the difference? If I do not like a fried egg, I will not eat it. If I hate fried eggs, I will tell people how horrible they are, and use body language such as recoiling when I see one. In the extreme, I could say all eggs are horrible because some of them could be fried.
Dislike, as unfair as it can be, allows freedom for people of all isms and beliefs. It leaves a little wiggle room for learning and growth. It becomes hate if I think or suggest “those people” who do not agree with me ought to be gone, silenced, or stay on their side of town.
If I want to remove freedoms from persons or people groups based on their skin color, religion, sexuality, gender, age, or beauty, I am hating. Like love, hate is action. Covert, thinly veiled discrimination is as much hate as overt violence and abuse.
What does all this talk about racism have to do with laughter?
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
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