Don’t Let Your Anger Turn Into Their Hate

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For the horror of Orlando Pulse,

There is a time for anger and activism.

There is a time for healing and hope.

Now is a time for mourning.

For remembrance. For honoring those innocently lost.

For sincere prayers that the Lord’s love and justice reigns in a world that creates infinite iterations of suffering.

Do not let your anger for what happened turn into their hate.

Because at that point, your hate is no better than their hate. It’s just hate. And there are no positive attributes to the dredge and expanse of hate.

The only way to stop their extremism is for us to stop making hate an acceptable response.

Since the massacre the majority of those on the internet are Christians blaming Muslims. LGBTs blaming Christians. Muslims blaming extremists. Atheists blaming religion.

Love cannot defeat hate when love is being used as the excuse to hate.

As the Suffering Servant told any who would listen, loving only those who love you is no accomplishment. The reason why we are where we are is because it is normal, and worse, acceptable, to love your neighbor and hate your enemy. Anyone can do this, and so, many do.

There is a better way.

It starts with learning to love those who are not your friends, neighbors, co-laborers. It starts instead with learning to love your enemies.

Love those who think different and believe different and vote different and look different and love different. And then you will not be like everyone else perpetuating the problem, but one of the few working toward change.

Easier said than done. Way easier said than done.

It doesn’t happen overnight. It happens with one choice a million times a day.

Stop the madness of hate. Politically. Socially. Religiously. Hate only drives more hate.

Be better than hate. Do better than hate. And most importantly, love better than hate.

With a heavy heart,

Andrew

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is the award winning author of two books and a DVD curriculum, and his new book Us Versus Us: The Untold Story of Religion & the LGBT Community, will release June 2016. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and Christian involvement in reconciliation. He is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland where he is researching and teaching at the University of St. Andrews, earning his PhD in Divinity. His research focuses on the theology and praxis of social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).