Sunday, May 11, 2014

Haters gonna hate

I like "Pioneer Woman." My sister told me about her before she started her television show, and I started following her blog. Now I DVR her shows as well.

Somehow a few days ago I found a couple blogs of Pioneer Woman haters. Wow. I don't even want to find them again. What is the deal? Why would people spend time writing such hateful things like that? They seem to be on a mission to somehow prove she's fake or something.

Why do they even care so much? I just don't get it. What has she ever done that is so bad? They hate her so much they actively expend time and energy to spread their malice toward her to others. They scheme, collude and think about ways to live out their hatred toward another person.

I've seen the phenomenon of "haters" in other situations, too. Even among Christians. When that happens, I'm really confounded.

I know we're all sinners, and I know I am just as guilty as the next person of being a sinner. Gossip, boasting, unkindness, hypocritical acts, envy, jealousy, and much more; I know it happens among Christians, too. But I often remember how they -- the Christians, and believers in other faiths, as well as many who don't claim any faith -- show their love underneath it all when someone has a need.

The hate, though, it's tough to get over.

Somehow a lot of unkind things are sort of passive in comparison to what I am thinking of as what haters do. It's easy to slip into, to ignore or try not to participate in things like gossip. But actively thinking of ways to spread their hate, calling others to fan the flames of hatred in others, coming up with ideas of "better" ways to be hateful.

It makes me sad.

I'll remember Brad's words today. Thy will be done. Practice prayer.