Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as a member of one body you were called to peace. Colossians 3:12-15
I sat down this evening to catch up on some of my favorite blogs. I write two completely unrelated blogs. The fork in the road is a tale of my journey from life as a counselor/speaker to life as a gate guard in Texas. Two Minutes of Grace is about my ongoing spiritual journey into graceland (as my friend Debby calls it). I’d decided to take a night off and just read and skip writing.
I read Fork related blogs first, then I switched to read about grace. When I got to the ‘spiritual’ blogs, I felt like I’d arrived at a fork in the road and taken a wrong turn somehow. In response to one bloggers thoughtful post was a pseudo-intellectual rebuttal that was hate-filled and longer than the post itself.
I was stunned. The comments were less directed at the blogger than at every type/group that particular Christian hates. And he’s got some big time hating going on.
Here’s how I reacted: The first thing I thought was: What an arrogant man. Then I thought: No wonder we (Christians) are so unappealing, with people like that spewing their hate. Then I thought: He’s just the kind of person I can’t stand to be around. Then I thought: I’m glad this guy doesn’t read my blog. Then I thought: I’ve never met him and I already really don’t like him. Then I thought: MT handled it with his usual grace.
Then I actually stopped to think and to pray.
Then I thought: Someone really needs to check their hate at the gate – me.