Tuesday, June 20, 2017

for Hatred: sins retained

We live in a disheartening age of being united in Hatred of each other, not only of foreigners whom we once would have welcomed to our country as our ancestors were welcomed before us, but venomous Hatred of fellow Americans who are of other political parties, other religions, ethnic, social and economic groups, other persuasions in life. Hatred is our state, and mongering mindless, hateful lies is our fuel and weapon. Hatred. Shall we go back to where America was Great Again? Were the old ways best, was America once Great which we can Make Again? God forbid, in my lifetime we have moved from Racial Segregation to Hatred: God forbid that we should go back. If forced to choose between the two, past and present, I’d choose Hatred even with it’s spectacular mindlessness; but I am not forced to choose, and Hatred is forbidden me as a Christian.

Yesterday flooded yet another circular of Hatred online, mindlessly across the internet, this one about John Kerry’s daughter, a physician, marrying a native American physician of Iranian descent. Snopes exposed it as outright lies, composed in Hatred and circulated mindlessly to perpetuate the Hatreds that divide us. 

Our preached gospel with its central commandment, Love God Love Neighbor, is lost on smugly self-righteous "saved" "Christians" at home, on the street, and in the pew who evidently lack introspective wit. What do we think it means when the Bible says examine yourself first, when we say in liturgical confession before eating and drinking the Body and Blood,

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. 
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. 
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name.

Christians who spread Hatred have devolved into apostasy. To spread hatred is not to walk in the ways of Most merciful God, makes a mockery of liturgical confession and absolution, profanes, desecrates the Body and Blood, and descends into the realm wherein St.Paul warns (1 Corinthians 11:29) of eating and drinking κρίμα, damnation unto oneself. 

To spread Hatred is to renounce, mock, מְצַחֵֽק, abuse, re-crucify Jesus Christ. Don't go there, Christian, where your sin is retained unto you.


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