Yes, I am a Christian. No, I do not hate people. It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, Muslim, atheist, a member of LGBT, Jew, Republican, Democrat, fat, skinny, tall, short; you are still a person made in the image of God. That alone is a reason to love everyone, not just those like me.
As I sit on my couch at 5:30 in the morning watching my sleeping 9 week old daughter, I am reminded of a younger me. Who else remembers being in Sunday school singing ‘Jesus Loves the Little Children’? That thought brings me to think, when does the transition take place from an innocent child, to a calloused adult? No matter what someone looks like, acts like, talks like, thinks like; we are called to LOVE them. Is it always easy? Of course not! But God has a higher standard of living and loving for His children.
He tells us to ‘love our neighbors as ourselves’(Matthew 22:37-39). Our neighbors are not just the people who live beside us, but they are the person you hate the most. While Jesus was hanging on the cross, dying for our sins, He asked God to forgive the very people who put Him there(Luke 23:33-34)! Can you imagine praying for the very ones who accuse you, hurt you, and kill you? That’s exactly what Jesus did and we should all try to follow His example.
As a Christian, I try to follow the example of Jesus because He is the only pure example of what true love looks like; because He is Love(1 John 4:8). I don’t always succeed, but God doesn’t expect me to be perfect. He expects that when I mess up, I’ll humbly come to Him and say how truly sorry I am. Love is not just a word, it’s an action.
Let us try to be more like Christ and love one another; especially those who are a little harder for you to love.