The trouble with our right to bear arms is that people who should not walk among us wielding weapons…… can.
People in a myriad of circumstances and life situations are empowered to enact justice as they see individually fit. Justice is in the eye of the beholder, and if one brandishes a weapon, he or she is armed to impose it.
In much the same way, able-bodied people can have children. There is no license required in the United States to procreate. Regardless of socioeconomic state, health status, drug usage status, criminal history, general irresponsibility, people can have children.
That said, far too many people, armed with words as weapons and reproducing hate in scores, lob a phrase into the world that makes it appear that they are compassionate while raining judgment down on anyone who doesn’t agree with their way of life. What is that phrase? It’s this:
LOVE THE SINNER. HATE THE SIN.
Never mind the inaccuracy with which the scriptural interpretation is wielded. Never mind that the implication is that this is a direct Christ command. Never mind that Jesus left two commands, both rooted in love and devoid of hate.
The very idea of loving while hating is contrary to human nature. I don’t know about you, but I can’t do both at the same time. So, I’m working to choose to just do one of these. I’m working on just loving the sinner. While I do, I’m hoping that everyone else I know does, because we’re all characterized in that description.
Do you think you’re doing someone a solid by professing to love them while you hate who they are or what they do? Doesn’t sound very solid to me. Sounds weak, empty, condescending, and isolationist.
Here’s my thought for the next time that phrase pops in your head…
Don’t do it. Tomorrow Begins Today.