Tonight a report on CBS documented how several social media hate groups can be linked to the killers in Dallas, Charleston, and San Bernardino. This piece made me wonder what is the cause in the apparent rise in hate. Could it be in these thoughts/beliefs/messages:
- “You are the center of your universe”
- “Your wants trump other’s”
- “Your rights trump other’s”
- “Your thoughts/opinions/beliefs trump other’s”
- “Your wounds trump other’s”
- “Empathy only matters when you need it”
Are these messages directly stated by most of us? No. Are they often supported by our actions? Yes.
The main concern in each of these messages is the focus on you. What about God? What about fellow humans?
Is it possible the rise in hate is equal to the rise in thinking too much about ourselves? God warns us of the dangers of thinking too highly of ourselves (Romans 12).
Suggestion: the next time you sense hate rising in you, ask yourself what is the root of the emotion. You might find it in an unexpected place. And you might find it has an easier fix than you thought.
Down to the Rise!