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“Yes, ethnicity was a factor, but not as big a factor as you may believe. It is when ethnicity is tied to poverty that war often results. In richer countries, those ethnic divides are more easily breached without violence and war” (ibid p.10).
On other hand, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has another idea as to why wars occur. “Although Annan acknowledges that poverty does play a role in many contemporary standoffs, he would like us to shift our focus of attention to lack of equality and power many domestic social groups face in world today: ‘It is this [inequality], rather than poverty that seems to be critical factor.’ “ (ibid p. 11). Are you beginning to sense reasons why people hate?
Because of humanity’s “fallen state” (since garden of Eden) in which man pursues his personal interests at expense and exploitation of others until tipping point becomes a fight, a struggle, a war of liberation for oppressed, do some men hate more than others. Then again, once oppressed have been liberated, cycle for some begins again.
So you may ask. Can we help ourselves to hate not? Yes we can. But please be advised, it will costs us our lives. That’s right. Are you willing to lay down a life of selfish objectives for good of your brother? Instead of loving only yourself, can you love unlovely too? I told you it would cost you something—your life. You must lay down your life at foot of Cross and receive God’s only begotten Son in order to live with power necessary to love all and hate none. That’s gospel truth!
Keep faith. Stay, I said stay course. Jesus is headed your way today. Blessed!
Pastors a church in Broken Arrow, OK. Writes devotional materials for his congregation. He is a retired police officer with the city of Tulsa. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, seriving during the Viet Nam era. He is married for 27 years and has three grown children. These are the highlights.