(Proverbs 1:16) “For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.”
The recent beating of a transgender person at a McDonalds in Baltimore this past week was posted on YouTube until it was recently taken down. Words can’t describe the viciousness exhibited by two young women as they punched and assaulted the helpless victim. Although the video was only three minutes long, the beating reportedly went on for more than ten. Charges have been filed and there is discussion over whether this is categorized as a “hate crime.” The law may squabble over how to brand this crime because of external circumstances. But Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, leaves no doubt.
“…their feet…” and those who “make haste to shed blood” are the “sinners” Solomon warns against in verse 10 – “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” Regardless of how the attorneys argue in this case, the root cause will never be economic, environmental or emotional. It will never stem from racism or religion. All hate comes from the same place: sin in the heart. Any other label we place on it is descriptive and masks the true origin. We don’t have to go very far in the Bible to see the path man’s heart follows when his flesh is allowed to reign within him:
(Genesis 6:5) “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
The Apostle Paul, once a perpetrator of hate crimes, gives us the solution to hate crimes in Galatians 5:14 – “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” But a fleshly attempt at love is difficult at best. Man can’t tame the flesh. The answer to hate isn’t more legislation against hate crimes. The only way to stop hate crimes is a changed heart. The cross provides every person the opportunity to experience for themselves the love of God. The Holy Spirit working inside the heart provides what God provided for us through Jesus Christ: love in spite of ourselves. Galatians 5:22 tells us the fruit of the Spirit is love. This is God’s answer for hate. Personal and real experience of the cross and resurrection life provides a source of love that can never be equaled in education or legislation. The only solution to hate crimes and all hate is the reality of Christ living personally through each of us. A society free of bondage to sin will be free from the burden of hate crimes.
Renewed Thought – God’s response to those who hate Him the most is still unconditional love.