Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hatred Forms Impermanent Bonds

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Crossing Lake Michigan on The Badger

Many people bond around shared hatred. Persons A and B hate person C. They form community around this.

A hatred bond is a weak, impermanent unity. The day is coming when person A and person B will hate each other. How narrow, how shallow, how low, how short, is the hatred of the antichrist.

Atheist philosopher John Gray, in his brilliant The Silence of Animals, writes: "The collective solidarity of Nazi Germany was sustained by the incessant creation of internal enemies." (Gray, The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths, p. 56)
In a church, or family, or marriage, or ethnic group, where shared hatred is the bond, the devil rules in the absence of God. The apostle Paul counters this with these words:

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge...

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