Brake the Hate

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In life you are going to come across many people who have hate in their heart. Whatever the root cause for this it’s not acceptable. But for a lot of people you won’t be able to change their opinions of you or something you believe in. Which is why I firmly believe in if you come across these people you need to forget about or brake the hate. You may wan’t to hate this person for the venomous opinions and feelings they express but you should do your best to “forgive and forget”. If you continue to walk through life with this sort of hatred in your life you will always harbor ill will and have a more negative attitude.

Here are a few ideas on ways your can break the hate:

  • Focus on the positives of someone who has offended or hurt you in some way.
    • You aren’t going to be there best friend but you can try to find good things about this person. This will help you try to find some common ground and good in a person. If you find any semblance of good it is much easier to move past the bad.
  • Forgive and forget and move on:
    • While you may not be able to change a bad person’s feelings you can forgive them and move on. The idea is that you will forget them and never think about the offences they did.

There are a lot of other ways in which you can brake the hate. The inspiration for this opinion piece actually came from when I was changing the breaks on my car. I had looked up “how to change  your break pads” on Google and had come across the site mentioned above. As I was changing my break pads it got me thinking how I deal with people is a lot like these break pads. More specifically as I was changing my pads I couldn’t get a certain one off my car. As I tried to force it off I got more and more frustrated. I felt that in life I am the same way to toxic people. I may try my best to change their opinions but in a lot of cases there opinions won’t change and nothing will be fixed. I can either get angry or I can move on. I suggest you all move on as well.

Remember break the hate.

The Matthew Shepard Story

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Years and years ago I was in a Sociology class. My teacher showed us this extremely powerful video about Matthew Shepard. To be honest I had never seen the video before this or even heard of Matthew Shepard. But watching this video changed my life and the way I think about LGBT rights. This video really illustrates hatred and what we need to erase from our lives.


LGBT: Love Goes Beyond Titles

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Inclusion or seclusion? This is the question many religious people ask themselves.

Perform a quick Google search of “LGBT” and you will find story after story with roots deep in hurt, anger, and opinions. Name calling, finger pointing, and downright mean comments are coming from both ends of the spectrum. It is despairing to see others use their words to hurt, especially when it’s intentional.

LGBT is a hot topic in the church. Some churches don’t talk about it, some make loud hurtful statements, but thankfully more and more churches are approaching the topic with grace.

While the Bible makes clear how and why God created marriage, He probably isn’t happy with the way the Church (as a whole) treats the LGBT community. Each and every person was made with purpose. Whether they choose to follow their calling or not, they are still very loved by their Creator. We need to remember that.

Race should not separate us. Class should not separate us. Identity should not separate us. In God’s Kingdom, there will be no sin. No sin means no separation, just pure intimacy with our Abba Father.

The LGBT community should not be treated any differently than anyone else. This includes how we treat our boss, the store clerk, the homeless, the wealthy, and your neighbor. Jesus himself said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments,” Matthew 22:37-40

So instead of wondering how the Church should treat the LGBT community, if you follow Jesus, you can stop questioning love and start loving.

  • Treat all people as intelligent human beings. This one seems obvious, but sometimes it’s good to point out the obvious. Whether someone is educated or uneducated, woman or man, rich or poor, democrat or republican—they matter. They matter to God and they should matter to you and me. We don’t always have to agree on opinions, but we should always show respect for God’s creation.

One day, maybe today, each of us will stand before God and He is going to judge us according to our works, 2 Corinthians 5:10. Jesus showed us how to love well as His entire life was spent in preparation to be crucified so that you and I could be set free from our sin. He washed us white as snow.

  • Use your time and energy to do God’s work. The matters of this world are temporary. Joy can be found in service such as feeding the hungry, housing the orphan, generously giving, and loving your neighbor as yourself. Love is a verb and you can show it to others with your actions.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV

Whether you are a Jesus follower or not, may this post bless you in knowing Jesus is drawing you nearer and always choose the right. It is not a coincidence you came across this post. Understand, these words are not to shame anyone. These words are meant to speak truth over the reader. If you seek your Creator, He will show you deep truths that only He can explain. May the LGBT community find healing from the wounds that have been spoken over them in the past and come to see Jesus followers surrounding them with love and grace.