PULPIT MASTERS OF HATE
For some unexplainable reason the basic nature of many humans is evil. There are many forms of evil but one common form is just being plain mean. A husband is mean to his wife, parents are mean to children, employers are mean to employees, and land owners are mean to servants. It’s a very strange situation, but nevertheless true, that some find joy in the abuse of others.
Another common form of evil is hate. It is a sad commentary but for decades hate has played a major role in the actions of social America. As tragic as that is, even more tragic is the fact that those actions have been condoned by the pulpit. The responsibility of the church should be to teach people how to live successful lives. Unfortunately, too many times the techniques of the pulpit masters are teaching parishioners how to live unsuccessful lives.
An easy sermon that requires little or no preparation is a sermon about hate. This sermon receives multiple “amens” because so-called Christians enjoy hearing about the faults of others. The correct sermon should be to teach people the evils of hating, rather than how to hate.
As unbelievable as it may seem, yet true, there are some who call themselves masters of the pulpit who are publicly advocating murdering a certain group of American citizens. It is also true that at least two potential presidential candidates for 2016 have based the center of their campaign around the act of doing harm to gays. I do not believe that the majority of Americans will allow our country to be moved into a backward direction. However, it is true that these candidates will receive some support because the self-righteous are always motivated by hate.
May I suggest to the children of tomorrow that you climb aboard the “Peace Train,” as sung by Cat Stevens, because this train is conducted by love and runs on the track of happiness. If you ride this train you are guaranteed never to live in the state of regret. I repeat the words of Roman Kent a survivor of the Nazi death camps, “HATE IS NEVER RIGHT AND LOVE IS NEVER WRONG.”
In order for America to become a better place for all, we must take a stand against the voices of hate, even if they come from political leaders or from the masters of the pulpit.