“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.” – Confucius
Hate is a common topic in our society. It hasn’t always been that way, from what I can remember. Before hate became popular—if that makes sense, in terms of popular culture—it was something experienced, but not often talked about. Once people learned the power of declaring hate, however, it became widely used as a device. The “hate” device is used because it is easy. No one wants to be labeled as someone who hates, because it’s an ugly thing. So, when one declares that another is a hater, the one upon whom the charge is levied generally stands down. That’s how the fight works now.
You know where this is going. With the growing popularity of “hate” as a weapon, it was only a matter of time before the Left got a hold of it. The Left uses declarations of hate like they grow on trees. From hate-crimes to racial hatred, there is not a popular conservative who has not been labeled as hateful. I see this label as a badge of honor, knowing that, any time the Left calls someone a bad name, they’re probably doing something right. But that’s beside the point.
A few days ago, Chaz Stevens, of Deerfield Beach, Florida posted a video to YouTube. In this video, Chaz is audibly upset about the fact that the city had allowed a nativity scene to be displayed near the firehouse, on public property. He threatens to sue the city, among other things, in his angry, expletive-filled rant.
After I watched the video, all I could think was, “Wow, this guy isn’t a happy person.” You can tell when you watch the video that he is bitter to the core, not just toward the nativity scene, but toward faith in general. It’s funny, because it is invariably Christians, or conservatives that bear the accusations of hate in this country, but it is truly the secular progressives that are the hateful ones.
Shakespeare said: “In time we hate that which we often fear.” Those words resonate with me when I consider the anger of the secular progressives. I believe—and it seems clear to me—that the rage emanating from the Left is a response to something inside them that hurts. They see Christianity as a threat to their life of “I can do whatever I want.” Seeing that threat, they respond by conjuring up the vilest ghosts inside them to kill Christianity—or at least harm it in our popular culture.
The secular Left feels trapped by the display of morality in community displays of faith. Their deepest desire is to feel free, and they cannot feel that unless they destroy that which binds them to a moral standard. Socrates said: “From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.” From desire comes hate.
It’s always a laugh to hear the secular Left fly into a rage over religious anything, because I know where that hate comes from. It’s not going away, and the war on Christmas is just a symptom of the war on faith, and God. It’s going to get worse. Just you wait.