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Cable news is in the business of division. For decades, they have sown discord whether Republican vs. Democrat, Black vs. White, Civilian vs. Cop. I stopped watching their nonsense years ago, saving me from endless hours of people screaming at each other over lurid B-roll.
When I interview a guest or meet someone new, I find areas of mutual agreement and build from there. I no longer try to score cheap points or emphasize flaws to judge. I have enough flaws of my own; once I correct all of those, perhaps I’ll have time to judge others. Don’t think I’ll get there for a while.
Apologies to my media betters, but I will not hate police officers and I will not hate victims of police brutality. I won’t hate the protestors or the security trying to keep the peace.
I will not hate people of any race, orientation, or gender. I will not hate my fellow Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, or Hindus. Don’t sweat it, atheists; I won’t hate you either.
Major media wants Democrats to hate Republicans, but I hate neither. I won’t hate the rich for having money or the poor for having none. If you live in city, suburb, or on the farm, I won’t hate you, whether in my country or any other.
I won’t hate Donald Trump. I won’t hate Joe Biden.
In two weeks, the cable networks transitioned from “we’re all in this together” to “let’s tear each other apart.” Many other media organs and cynical provocateurs gleefully pour gasoline on the anger and misery. Forgotten are the people over a week of unrest who have seen their businesses destroyed, their worship spaces vandalized, or have been assaulted and even killed. George Floyd, too, has been forgotten.
I know my media betters want me to hate my neighbor but, in my view, every one of you is an icon of Christ. I will continue to follow His command and love you instead.Published in