The Consequence of Hate

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That day of tears and mourning, when from the ashes shall arise, all humanity to be judged. Spare us by your mercy, Lord, gentle Lord Jesus, grant them eternal rest. Amen.

— Lacrimosa, Mozart's Requiem

With so many issues with which to differ, can we not agree to expunge hate from our lives? And not just the tragic events and extremes of hate, but all hate. The demeaning joke about another race, the preconceived notions about this culture or that culture, and the symbols that have represented hate in the past and continue today.

We will disagree, even dislike each other. We will say hurtful things and offend each other. We will lie and cheat each other, because we are human. Flawed and broken. But regardless of race, we are ALL broken. 

Our country's name begins with the word United. And we unite for a short time after every tragedy, but when will we work to stay united. Must people die every month, every week because of hatred before we open our eyes? Life is either sacred or worthless. It cannot be somewhat sacred, or somewhat worthless. And if life is sacred, it remains sacred across all races, colors, and beliefs.

Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer...

— 1 John 3:15 (HCSB)
Stephen Robleshate