There is no room for hatred in the gospel.
*Disclaimer: I do not have a degree in theology. I am simply speaking from my experiences and my beliefs.
I didn't grow up going to church, I didn't start going to church until after I graduated High School. There were a lot of things keeping me from going to church when I was young, most of it being things that usually happen in small towns. There was a lot of pressure from other people, my peers and adults as well. At that age, I felt that they didn't think that I was good enough if I wasn't a Christian and that going to church would make me good enough. I understand it differently now as I know that wasn't their intention, at least for most people. But the biggest deterent for me to not go to church, was confusion. I was confused because of hypocrisy that I saw in people that called themselves Christian. Five years later and I understand all of this differently now, I am a Christian and I have my own system of beliefs. However, after the events that happened last week in Charlottesville and the events that have happened politically over the last year... I feel that same feeling that I felt in High School, I feel confused.
When I started going to church regularly and was learning about the gospel, all that I could think about is LOVE. The gospel is love, grace, and sacrifice. I finally felt like I knew what it was to be a Christian. Jesus loves us and died for us, it's as simple as that. Jesus loves all people of all races, genders, religion, sexual orientation.. you name it, He loves everyone equally. I believe that the gospel is LOVE and there is no room for anything else. God tells us to love our neighbors and to not judge other people. So why do we get stuck in places of hatred and judgement?
Imagine a world where we all simply loved eachother, no matter the color of our skin or our religion. A world of peace and harmony. Can it even exist in a fallen world?! What if we as Christians actually thought WWJD before we acted upon something?! What if we left no room for hate because there was so much love for eachother as people? Call me a hippy, snowflake or whatever you want... but that sounds pretty good to me. We would probably fail at this, but it would be a heck of a lot better than where we are currently heading.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.- Nelson Mandela