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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Not on Politics and Elections

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Just Another Turtle

Don't hide in your shell

Don't hide in your shell

Please Do Not Be Indifferent

You simply do not get to walk away from politics and elections. Politics and elections are our duty to understand so our vote means something. I wonder if emotions are valid in politics and elections. Do you think “faith” is important in elections and politics? Should our life reflect politics and elections or should politics and elections reflect our life.

So that just brings us to passion, compassion, empathy and sympathy. Those are emotions I strive for. Or do we strive for the opposites. One of my favorite string of words in the Bible are “]But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” Basically it goes on to tell us that we get little credit for loving those who love us already.

Can outside forces and circumstances change that? “yes, but he did this to me so I must do this to him.” And if you think you are a smarty pants and say and eye for an eye read all of Matt. 5. One of the earth’s greatest teachers tells us to forget eye for an eye. Did you realize that not even military operations follow that rule? Much more brutal. And diplomates are much more easy does it. Just saying that hateful in response to hateful is a sure way to hell on earth.

I believe indifference and apathy are the opposites of love. And I believe that hate and anger need to be viewed as totally different. If anger leads to hate you are the one with a problem. If hate leads to anger once again you are the person who suffers the most. I admit there are foods I just plain hate. But I do not get angry with the food or the server. I got angry with a family member the other day. But no way do I hate them, although that might be better than indifference. Caring may just be the beginning or a new wonderful journey.

Which brings us back to politics and elections. You do not get to not care. That is contrary to love of society and country. But you do not get to hate either as that should not be or ever be a reason for doing something. By all reason and spiritual truth hating is wrong.

Flower Sweet, Lemon Sour

Let The Boy Ride

Many hats.

Many hats.

Don't Even Hate the Hater

I cruise around a social media site. Don’t much if any comment. I like thumbs up. I have seen so many people swear off and say it is because they hate the hate. (Different words maybe) That sounds right kind of, but is so wrong. Unless maybe they mean that they do not like their own hate so are centering back to love. “I hate you because you hate me and what I stand for.” If a person cries “unity” while basing it on a showing of the other’s wrong doing that person is on the road to make matters worse. Sorry but they are hypocrites.

This author has degrees in law and philosophy. Actually got concepts down well enough to graduate and get a doctorate. I know logic. Take my word for it those degrees were hard to achieve and a whole bunch of that study was logic. It is not logical to hate. Reason does not cause hate. Reacting to hate and condemning it is not logical.

Easy does it. Opposing a point is logical. If the view or concept is not logical it needs to be opposed by logic. But sorry to all those that hate, other than peas. Hate is not a logical response to false logic. Passion makes sense. Compassion is a logical response. Empathy allows one to better help another. And sympathy is a proper response to witnessing a harm.

Now dig down into your antagonistic self, if you have one, and come up with the logic behind hating someone who hates you. Show me a soldier that operates out of hate. Go ahead and find us that soldier. And let us ask him his logic in hating. I think we will see that it is a feeling stemming from external matters. Fair enough. But not the logic that is required for good soldiering. It just does not get to work that way. Strategy wins battles not hate like in silly movies. Rage is an illness. Why do they have “anger management” programs? Is it because anger is a good thing? A fellow can avoid spending time in jail if he goes to these classes. Yet we condemn and get back angry at them. Do the courts know something we do not quite get?

Stopping violence makes no sense if the action taken is hate.

A Loving Vision

What is seen out of a window?

What is seen out of a window?

Feeling Not Right

Peace

Should we think of ourselves? It is said to love yourself so that you can love others. I am not sure of that. But I have been down that ugly road of self-loathing and hatred for myself. Well that did not produce love of others or compassion. It produced what it is made to produce, more hate.

A mother bear does not attack out of hatred. This notion is not natural. She may want to eat you or protect her cubs. But that has nothing to do with hate. And probably if you produced some great load of berries she would rather eat those than you.

Oh hello to you great warriors for freedom and peace and unity.

Do think that I ignore you. You champion the hate of hate. Go get those ignorant worthless dogs of humanity. The bad guys sew disunity and hate. We must fight them at every turn. And the easy way is to stomp feet and degrade them and act all mean or even just the big “anti”.

I like folks who are better coaches than those that coach professional sports. If TVs had feelings they would commit suicide. I cannot remember who said it but he called 100’s of thousands of people “deplorable”. Whoever he was I want to deplore him. But that would make me the same in hate of others. I just can’t do it. I know the road of hate. I know what it does to us inside out and up into our spirit. It sometimes comes down to; who do I hurt when I hate? And the answer is always the same. Me.

Now in my home we pray. Due to a Buddhist/Asian subculture we do the notion of Namaste also. Yes we know that is a derivative of Sanskrit. My spirit guide is rather strange. Carcajou, or maybe “Mountain Devil”. It keeps me in battle mode but Jesus usually tempers that rather well with reminders of love. God created the Wolverine. So I respect it. Wolverine are savages. A deadly foe.

So with all this going on in our world that is so negative. I fill up my heart with love intentionally. I work on it. I really spend a whole lot of energy on filling my heart with love. It is a full time job. But if it is all full with love then what else can enter?

Perhaps for change for the better we need the violence of hate. Not only physical but also in words that degrade another. I simply have not been given that gift to keep. I had it when I was immature. Not sure if wisdom is from love or if love is from wisdom. Probably a mix.

Fill up with love and unity will soon

follow. Fill up with hate and it never will.

May the peace of love be with you.

Comments

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 10, 2020:

Miranda, my wife believes any vote done in hate is the devil's work. It just does not matter which side or for what office. I pretty much equate hate with evil.

Miranda Hoepfner from Lacey, WA on November 10, 2020:

Thank you Eric and Devika. I think it’s sad that people make decisions based on Hate. For example, the most recent election. It’s important not to let The devil influence such important choices. Like you said Devika, if you dwell and base your decisions on hate, all you will get in return is more hate.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 10, 2020:

I agree Devika.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 10, 2020:

You get what you put in and sounds like all is well and move on from that experience.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 10, 2020:

Dora you always lift me up, thank you. I was just contemplating about what it means when folks take it as hard to love versus easy to love.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 10, 2020:

Miranda I looked toward Romans 13:1-7. It sets a very high standard. And Lincoln said "Obedience of the Law is the Greatest Freedom". Of course I think it is Matt. 4 that addresses this issue further.

Much more complicated in democratic Representative governance.

Certainly if we follow Christ's commissions on love we will not run afoul of proper participation.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 10, 2020:

Thank you Linda. That is a very nice compliment and much appreciated. Seems like I am better at questions rather than answers. I like it.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 10, 2020:

"You do not get to not care." Your article helps us to understand that important truth. We are responsible for the contribution we make. You always counsel us to contribute love.

Miranda Hoepfner from Lacey, WA on November 10, 2020:

Your article is quite inspiring and intriguing. It makes one think about what exactly the Bible says about politics. You're right, we cannot simply "not care" about politics. They should reflect our values and what we believe in. In addition, I agree that hate is not the answer to any problem. Confiding in God can bring us to realize if there is more than one way to solve a problem.

Thank you!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 09, 2020:

Your articles always contain a lot of interesting and thought-provoking information. You include many messages of importance. Thank you, Eric.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2020:

Thank you Abby your coming by is much appreciated. As you mention it we do joy around here.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2020:

MG I think you are right. This does reflect my study of the Gita. Thanks for that insight.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2020:

Nell thank you for your comment it is appreciated. Now I love safe and calm. I must admit there was a time I wanted but that. Growing older has its perks.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2020:

Linda I think of Prayers of the People that we always said in church services and bible study included is a call for unity and prayers for our leaders.

Abby Slutsky from America on November 09, 2020:

Thanks for sharing, I think our recent articles may loosely share a theme. I enjoyed reading this one. The 'hate' is rather sad and disturbing, but your pics are filled with joy.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on November 09, 2020:

Wonderful sentiments, these are thoughts that are enshrined in the Gita, the song divine.

Nell Rose from England on November 09, 2020:

Coming into this hub after the events in America, its so nice to see the calm that has descended, specially on social media. Join together, keep calm and safe, that is the way to be.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 09, 2020:

Eric, when you hate someone you're only hurting yourself, deep inside. Thank you for this sermon; we all need it now. This nation is in need of some healing. We'll never recover if we don't work together. Let's pray for unity, and peace, and a big heaping pile of love on top.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2020:

And a big old Carpe Septem to you. Let us make it happen. The world needs us.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 09, 2020:

Pax vobiscum, buddy! "What the world, needs now, . . . " and all that and a cup of chocolate!

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2020:

Thank you Liz. I do really appreciate your support.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2020:

Flourish you are so right. We did real well during the past craziness. We still remain positive for the future.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 08, 2020:

There's a lot of food for thought here, as ever.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 08, 2020:

We all need to take a deep breath and focus positively on the future.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 08, 2020:

Thank you much Pamela. We need to get charged up in love. I think we can.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 08, 2020:

Thank you John. Truly what the world needs now is love sweet love.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 08, 2020:

This is a good word, eric. I agree with John that if we fill up with love, unity will follow or at least I hope so. I don't want to hate anyone. Love feels so much better.

You have explained so much in this article at a crazy time in our country and I love your message. I appreciate your words.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 08, 2020:

“Fill up with love and unity will soon follow. Fill up with hate and it never will.” What wise words and so easy to understand. People please take heed. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insights Eric.