Love wipes out haterism

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Haterism? A word I’d never heard before, but there it was—the subject of a sermon by a preacher who was profiled in my local newspaper. Haterism was used to describe the seeming power of evil in the world that is depicted vividly in the Bible when Cain killed his own brother, Abel. But it’s not just one person acting evilly toward another; it’s the whole trend in human life toward hate, jealousy, and revenge.

Normally, I might have skimmed over the article, but just the day before I’d seen the new movie Freedom Writers. It’s about the culture of hate and violence that so many teens face in cities where gangs and drugs rule the streets and daily life is a constant struggle for basic survival.

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