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The Only Weapon That Fights Hate

By Don Loftis | 04.17.13

The past 24 hours have seen news coverage dominated by the tragedy at the end of the Boston Marathon.  Two bombs designed to create widespread human injury led to three deaths and over 150 injuries.  As we face the physical and emotional pain that is being endured by innocent people, we ask the difficult question of “why?”

Only time will yield the answer of who planned the event and what their motives really were.  Yet, behind all such destructive events lies some level of hate.  It may be hate toward a nation or a particular race.  It can be hate toward a neighbor, a business, or a church.  Hate seeks to hurt others and requires no logic.

 

The beauty and power of Christianity lies in its signature characteristic of love.  We all face hurts and disappointments, but Jesus’ followers are admonished to “Let all bitterness and wrath and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Eph. 5:31-32).

 

Someone commented that an act of evil took place in Boston on Monday, but that good triumphed in the courageous response of bystanders and medical workers.  That is always the challenge we face in the presence of evil.  How will we respond; what will we do?  Paul challenges us this way, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

 


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