Loving GOD, Loving Others: The Evil of Hatred by Accidental Differences in Humankind
The rise of ideologies in the West that promote prejudicial treatment of others based on accidental (humanly uncontrollable) features (distinguishing ethnic physical traits, geographic origin, physical or mental capacities, or native cultures, viz., Western Civilization, that in all of its vicissitudes, has produced distinctive behavioral, socio-religious, and intellectual norms) is an illogical, cruel, and nationally self-destructive worldview that must be exposed and rejected. The premise of “races” of human beings (Caucasian race, negroid race, mongoloid race, etc.) , rather than the “race of Mankind,” male and female, all originating from a common set of ancestors, created by God, with “in-species” genetic variety (e.g., melanin production creating darker or lighter skin color) is not only unsupported by the teachings of the Old and New Testaments, but singled out as sins against God. The author examines a recent case of a medical doctor dreaming of murdering white people. The statement is considered from both scientific and spiritual viewpoints. The author cites personal experience in the United States military, as well as peer-reviewed articles, to establish the hypothesis that the rise of violent tribalism (“Balkanization”) produces Socialistic authoritarianism, which forcibly reunites divided “tribes” under the flag of autocratic rule. This opinion-editorial article concludes by asserting that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the powerful antidote that liberates people from the pestilent consequences of original sin to discover authentic fraternity in our common Imago Dei (the image of God in Man), and transformative freedom from the effects of the Fall, i.e., to embrace and be embraced by a divine love that transcends our sin. Only in knowing such love can we be free from the hatred that divides, the bitterness that excludes, and the pain and sorrow that inevitably follows.