Hatred is a hoarder. It has an insatiable appetite to store up offenses and heartaches like firewood in winter. When necessary those that hate have all shapes and sizes to add to the fire. From kindling to the giant pieces we call backlogs that burn all through the night, hatred has a ready supply.
Those that hate have sharp memories that at a moment’s notice can suddenly produce the source of their discontent and that, with cutting vitriol.
People hate in the name of religion. People hate based on skin color. People hate because of sexual orientation.
In every cultural subdivision that exists, people exist who harbor hatred. Sadly, there are people who call themselves Christians who hate those that aren’t like them. Acting contrary to biblical principles nonetheless, they hoard and guard ammunition to use against Muslims or homosexuals.
There are some homosexuals that hate those that oppose their way of life or political agenda. Some Muslims hate Americans or Jews because a religious leader has taught them to hate.
On the news we see all the screaming and protesting and fury. Yet, sometimes hatred paints another picture.
It’s still a hoarder. Don’t ever think otherwise. Hatred is a hoarder, but it can be a deceptive one, at times. Consider this:
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; when he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. Proverbs 26:24-28
Hatred is a hoarder, but this time it chooses to collect duplicity. Don’t be fooled by some people that speak kindly and and try to be friendly or sympathetic. If they are haters by nature, they may one day turn on you. If they are haters by nature, and you think they like you, they may just be giving you lip service, all the while suppressing…tamping down their true obscene feelings in the recesses of their cold, black heart.
If hate has taken root, so has deceit. Be careful.
The saddest part about it all? One day, that hate, those seven parasitic abominations, will turn on its host and hate will destroy the hater. Hatred will dig a deep ditch and push the hater right in. Hatred will convince you to role a boulder up a hill, helping all the way up, only to step back and watch as gravity shoves that heavy stone back upon you.
Hatred is a hoarder, and anybody who lives with it eventually winds up underneath a big pile of worthless stuff.