Recently, an article went viral about Kanye West scoring 106 points against a wheelchair basketball team. I saw many friends post it on their Facebook accompanied with hateful comments about him. They used this article as a platform to further condemn Kanye for their preconceived notions about him. When I first saw the story, I felt like it couldn’t be true. I know that Kanye has done some appalling things in the past, but I still found myself questioning this story. A quick google search revealed my inclinations to be true: it was a fake story.
Kanye isn’t the only victim of these fake stories. For example, I remember once seeing a fellow Protestant post an article that said the Pope had deemed all religions to be true and, of course, my friend used it as a platform to criticize the Catholic Church. Again, I thought the story sounded bogus and another google search revealed the Pope never said all religions are true. I’ve also seen stories about Rick Warren believing in Chrislam, which basically says that Christians and Muslims believe in the same God. Again, people used this as a way to voice their hatred towards Pastor Rick. Again, a quick google search showed that Rick Warren does not, in any way, affirm Chrislam.
Why are we so gullible? Why does this seem to happen all the time?
I think the issue is much deeper than our inability to use our mind.
What do Kanye West, The Pope, and Rick Warren have in common?
They have people who dislike them.
Kanye West has done shameful things and we will never forgive him for it. We love to kick a man when he’s down. We don’t want to believe he is capable of doing good things. For the record, I’m a huge Kanye West fan. I don’t agree with everything he’s done, but I’m rooting for him. I own all of his CD’s and I also think he’s misunderstood. I actually like him. You might be against him, but I’m with him.
Protestants and Catholics have butted heads ever since A.D. 1517 when some people voiced their disagreements against the Catholic Church and formed the Protestant Church. Protestant Reformers like John Calvin and Martin Luther are some of my heroes. However, It bothers me when Protestants bash Catholics by saying they’re going to hell or when they bash the Pope. To be clear, I firmly believe that Catholics are, in fact, saved and I happen to think the current Pope is a wonderful and inspirational man of God. He has done incredible things for the Church.
Rick Warren is a “mega-church” Pastor. God has used Rick to do amazing things for the Kingdom of God. However, people love to throw stones at those who are succeeding. I’ve heard friends say that they hated going to Pastor Rick’s church, Saddleback Church, for many reasons, but I knew they were bashing Saddleback before they even stepped foot in his church. They never gave Saddleback a shot. Just for the record, Rick’s books and sermons have profoundly impacted my life in many ways.
People have preconceived notions about these men and want them to fail. They’re rooting against them. Therefore, people will naïvely believe any story about them, as long as it supports their hateful view.
What the heck is wrong with us? How sick and demented are we that we’re actually rooting against people?
Proverbs 24:17 says, “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice“.
You should be with people, not against people.
Don’t believe everything you read on the internet (duh!) and stop all the hate in your heart.
Dear Kanye haters, he’s made mistakes, but maybe try praying for him instead of bashing him.
Dear Pope haters, I don’t believe everything a Catholic believes, but I do believe everything the Bible says, including the part about showing love to people. You might say I’m being too soft against Catholics, but I’ll just say that y’all need to go read your Bibles.
Dear Rick haters, stop throwing stones at what he’s doing and complaining about his “mega church” when your church is struggling to get people to come. Maybe, just maybe, people aren’t attending your church because your church struggles to live and love like Jesus, as your hate towards Rick leads me to believe. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t want to attend a church with people who didn’t show the love of Jesus. Check your own hearts, before you question someone else’s heart.
Dear Christians who root against any one of these men (or anybody else, for that matter), you might think your Biblical in your beliefs, but how about you be Biblical in your behavior. You’re a big reason people hate Christians.