Ten Truths of Race and Hate

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By Jonas Maxwell / June 18, 2020

Don't Stop the Hatin'!

The discussion of race and hate, and the anger associated with those discussions, are often filled with vagueness and assumptions.  What is race?  What is racism?  How does skin color relate to race and/or racism?  What is hate?  Is hate always bad?  Does God hate, and if so, what exactly does He hate?  Ask a hundred people these questions and you'll get a hundred different answers.  But you don't need to ask a hundred people.  Here are ten truths of race and hate you probably already knew, but ignored anyway.

  1. Biologists, anthropologists, sociologists, etc. cannot agree on exactly what race is.  If society can't clearly define race, we can't clearly define racism.
  2. Skin color is not always characteristic of race.
  3. Human skin color is not black, white, yellow, or red.  Some skin colors can be described as varying shades of brown.  When one speaks of a white person or a black person, they are really speaking of the culture most often associated with that skin color, not the skin color itself.  If a person is accused of hatred of a particular skin color, what is most likely hated, if anything, is the associated culture.
  4. All people (and all animals, for that matter) have the God-given right to choose who/what they like, dislike, love, and/or hate.  The "what" includes colors.  People are entitled to hold preferences of some colors over others.  They are not required, and cannot be forced, to like certain specified colors simply because those colors match the skin colors of people of any particular race.
  5. Hate is a God-given emotion, and is not necessarily bad or wrong.  God Himself hates (Proverbs 6:16–19).  The Bible teaches us to love our brothers and sisters, but also to hate evil, which can be represented by behavior that is illegal and/or socially unacceptable.  That behavior includes acts such as rioting, looting, arson, theft, assault/battery, murder, rape, robbery, burglary, vandalism, and much more
  6. "Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for He guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked." —Psalm 97:10
  7. Hate, being a God-given emotion, cannot be forcibly supressed or justly legislated.  "Hate crimes" and "hate speech" are fabricated charges.  The crime itself is the same act whether hate is involved or not.  To create a "hate crime" or "hate speech" is to show a preference toward those who may or may not actually be hated without showing conclusively that the hate is or is not justified, or that the hate is toward a good person (bad hate) or an evil person and the evil he/she represents (good hate).  Even if hate exists, and the hate is not justified, the criminal act remains the same.  Legislation is intended to control criminal behavior.  It cannot and should not be used in an effort to control emotions.
  8. If a person hates the color of your skin, so be it.  That does not necessarily mean the person hates you or any race associated with that particular skin color.  He may or may not.  If he does, good or bad, right or wrong, that is his God-given right.  Whether he has sinned (for unjust hatred) and should be punished, only God can be the judge.  But if the person tries to use his hatred as justification for a crime or wrong against others, our judicial system can and should intervene.
  9. Violence as a response to hate is evil, and should not be tolerated or excused.  In fact, it should be hated.  No person should use hate as justification for violence against others, nor should any person respond to hate with violence.  Hate is an emotion; violence is illegal and/or socially unacceptable behavior, which God hates and all good people should hate.  You can never end the cycle of hatred with violence.  Violence only fuels the fire.
  10. Behavior will warrant hate far more than skin color.  If you feel others hate you, consider your behavior.  Even arrogance and a cocky attitude (pride) is considered evil, and worthy of hate (Proverbs 6:16–19).  Although hatred of people is discouraged, there are far more valid reasons to hate a person than skin color.  That hatred may very well be based on behavior, which makes that hate good.
  11. Hatred of evil (behavior) is always justified, right, and encouraged.

Bottom line: If you don't want to be hated, don't behave in a way that might give others just cause to hate you or your behavior, and discourage others from behaving in such a way.

 

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