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Booker T. Washington

August 28, 2006

On Friday I was driving home from the office, struggling again with hateful thoughts about Fundamentalist and Reformed Christian bloggers, when God used a bumper sticker in my life.  Yes, a bumper sticker.  It was a quote by Booker T. Washington

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

If you want to know more about Booker T. Washington, click here.

This man was born into slavery and yet he refused to let those who once enslaved him degrade his soul by making him hate them.   So despite the fact that many Fundamentalists would act like spiritual slaveholders by attempting to bind my conscience and the consciences of those I love with human commands, I must not allow them to make me hate them.  Rebuke them, yes.  Excommunicate them if they do not repent, yes.  Anathematize them if they teach a false gospel, yes.  But never hate them.

Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.

If you want some more Booker T. Washington quotes, click here.  His autobiography, Up from Slavery is available online free for download.  I may start reading it soon.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Egana permalink
    August 28, 2006 7:13 am

    hate is tricksy, isn’t it… it disguises itself with all sorts of masks and cloaks that appear justified on the outside…

  2. Bethlen Gabor permalink
    August 28, 2006 8:08 pm

    Yep, hate feels a lot like righteous indignation, or singleminded devotion, or even cold professionalism. But at the end of the day, what’s gnawed away at the heart is just hate. Truly, the anger of man does not attain the righteousness of God.

    On the other hand, what masquerades for love in common understanding is often indifference, or commendation of sin, or base cowardice. Love often requires that we confront the wicked, that we defend the defenseless even when we’re certain to lose the fight, that we stand and oppose the man who will attack the Gospel from behind man-centered righteousness.

    But it sure is hard when someone confronts me when I’m the wicked one. And it’s hard to walk the line between loving opposition against falsehood and ruthless violence against the petty and snotty weaker heart. II Tim 2:24-26.

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