It is not often that I quote scripture to support my arguments. They are usually based on common sense, so I don’t feel the need to do so. But today, the world is hurting. My heart is hurting. Everyone’s hearts are hurting.
God gave us guidelines to help the hurting. I am Christian, so I chose a few Bible verses to share (all are NIV translation). Other Holy books offer similar sentiments. Please go read them for yourself…seriously, read them! And believe it or not, Atheists and Wiccans and Agnostics usually follow a similar code entitled, “Don’t be an @sshole.”
Mark 12:31: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater. Nowhere here is there an unless. Nowhere does it say, “Unless you don’t like them.” Nowhere does it say, “Unless he is darker than you.” Nowhere does it say, “Unless he is a police officer.” Nowhere does it say, “Unless he is unemployed.” Nowhere does it say, “Unless he has a criminal history.”
Romans 12:20: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. Wait! Our enemies are less than human, right? Why in the world would God want us to care about them? Maybe He wants us to raise ourselves above our base instinct of hate. Maybe He wants us to see people as human so we stop treating them as less. Maybe He wants us to evolve.
Zechariah 8:17: Do not plot evil against each other. Well, that one is straightforward, isn’t it?
1 John 3:17: If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
Proverbs 22:9: The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. It doesn’t say that the generous will scream that the poor should go to food banks. It doesn’t say that the generous will yell that churches need to clothe the poor. It just says that the generous, themselves, share their food with the poor. I will bet these generous people don’t judge those with less, either. I will bet they don’t scan the shopping cart of the food stamp shopper in front of them, then post social-media rants about the birthday cake that woman dared to buy with their tax dollars.
Amos 5:15: Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. This is where we should be concentrating our efforts. We shouldn’t be wasting our energy digging up decades-old police records to justify murder. We shouldn’t be making lists of evildoer police officers to justify violence against all police officers. We should be working together to fix the problem, to bridge the distance, to heal.
There is so much hate swirling in the air. Hatred of other races, hatred of officers, hatred of the poor who have less. I wish I could find a way to reach the “Christians” who fill the world with racist vitriol and anger. I wish I could find a way to ensure that our children, no matter their skin colors, would fix our mistakes. I wish I could find some faith that this will turn out okay. In the meantime, though, please don’t be @ssholes.