Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hating What is Evil

I hate evil.  I know that seems contrary to what a Christian should do to many of the uninitiated, but there is room for hatred in Christianity.  Specifically, we are to hate what is evil and cling to what is good.  Sometimes Christians will tell me to submit to the government, citing Romans 13:1-7 as their reasoning.  In other words, everything the government does is good and therefore I should not oppose them in any way whatsoever.

Yet they forget that just previously, in Romans 12:9, Paul wrote, “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.”  So I find the whole claim that the government is good and that we must submit to them to be factually erroneous at best.  I hate what the government does and just about everything they do is outright evil:

  • I hate murder.  I hate the fact that President Obama has murdered American citizens, including a 16-year-old boy, without so much as a peep from any side of the political aisle as to whether it was morally wrong for the President to be judge, jury, and executioner of a boy whose crime was being in the wrong family and wanting to find his father.  Life is sacred, which is why the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School has so many people in a state of shock and sorrow.  Yet our asshole President has the gall to shed tears for those children, but feels nothing for killing another?
  • I hate envy and greed.  Our entire tax system is based primarily on envy and greed.  How often do you hear some jackass complaining about how the rich don’t pay their fair share and not a word in opposition to it?  Why should I care what the rich do with their money.  So long as they are not hurting anyone else, let them be I say.  Instead, we get a bunch of envious and greedy jackals who can’t even pay an electric bill without taxpayer support yet somehow manage to have the latest cell phones, designer clothes, and expensive booze.  Not to mention the illegal drugs, which are much more expensive due to the War on Drugs than they would be normally.
  • I hate extortion.  In 2008, Warren Buffet extorted Congress into bailing out the banks by stating he would move his money into other investments that were not in US interests.  One man had more sway than over 60% of the nation that year and we are supposed to buy this lie that we have democracy?  On top of that, thousands of people are extorted by the police every day for what they call “moving violations.”  In Ohio, they can extort you if you look like you are speeding, scientific evidence be damned.
  • I hate fraud.  In the United States, banks are required by law to use a fractional reserve system.  The fractional reserve banking system is a fraudulent system designed to inflate currency and ensure that only a few elite at the top benefit most from it.  I cannot explain the system in its entirety in so few words, just understand that it would not exist without government coercion.  In other words, it is antithetical to the concept of the free market.
  • I hate broken promises.  The United States Constitution was a promise to the several states and the people of the limits placed on the central government.  Yet it is clear that those promises have been broken again and again and now nobody in Congress, on mainstream television, or even among mainstream culture seem to have a problem with this.  What’s worse, many of the very people who profess to want to hold government officials to their oath only care about certain sections of the Constitution.  It is all or nothing, there is no in-between when it comes to the limited powers laid out by the United States Constitution.
  • I hate theft.  Every year, average citizens like you and me work for over six months to pay taxes to the federal, state, and local governments, with very little benefit in return.  In fact, as far as I can tell, the returns are less and less.  But if I were to refuse to pay my taxes and fought against the government, I would be killed.  Hell, they may kill me anyway for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  But what would you call a private group of citizens threatening to you if you don’t give them half your year’s wages?  It is called theft.  There is no other term for it.
  • I hate lies.  Last year, President Obama openly opposed the indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA and stated he would not sign the bill.  Yet he secret pushed for the legal power of a tyrant and signed the bill on New Year’s Eve.  This is just one example in a series of lies that we have had to endure from him and so many others who presume to rule over us.

I think when Paul wrote his letter to Romans, he was trying to encourage his fellow Christians to submit to authority by not openly rebelling against them.  You see, Rome was an empire by then without even the pretext of choice in the matter who governs over you.  There was no voting for your leader and there was nothing that could be done about it.

Keep in mind that John the Baptist, the voice in the wilderness, was imprisoned and ultimately beheaded for speaking out against the immoral union of King Herod and his sister-in-law just a few decades earlier.  Was he submissive to State authority?  Yes, but he stood for what was right and hated the evil acts of his king.  I can be submissive by not taking up arms against the State, but at the same time, I have nothing but hatred for the things they do.

And if you cannot hate any of these things, if none of these things makes your blood boil, you are lost.

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