Alright, get ready to witness a conversion…of sorts.
If you know me at all, or if you’ve read this previous blog, you are probably aware of my longstanding hatred for all things Apple. I could try to persuade you to agree with me, as I have so many times in the past, but that would be counter productive to the intent of this post. Because I am hereby renouncing my hatred of Apple.
Snicker if you must. For you, this might seem kind of goofy. But if you know me, you’ll know that this is actually kind of a big deal. It comes as the result of some soul searching and conviction by the Holy Spirit; and it goes beyond my preference for consumer electronics vendors.
Here’s the story:
The other day I was reading this article about people who are beaten, raped, and killed as they attempt to escape sub-Saharan Africa to find freedom in Israel. I got about half-way through the article and…I don’t know…maybe I got bored. Maybe I just didn’t want to make my mind go there. Maybe the whole issue was just too real for me. Whatever the reason, I closed that tab, and opened this one, which is a video making fun of the iPhone. Because, man do I hate the iPhone!
Ok. Let’s think about this for a second…what do I hate? I hate a cell phone. I hate a brand. I hate a consumer electronics corporation. This is where I chose to expend my hatred. Because let’s be honest, you can’t hate everything. We’ve only got so much hate to give. And I use much of mine up on this:
Why does this logo get my hatred, while people being bought and sold, abused, raped, objectified, and murdered in their pursuit of freedom gets…me to close a tab on my browser?
Hatred, I think, gets a bad wrap. Because it is so frequently used improperly, people assume that hatred is always a bad thing. But it’s not. In fact, hatred is commended in Scripture (see Proverbs 13:5 and Romans 12:9, for example), but only when we hate the right things. When we hate injustice, we hate well. When we hate wickedness, we hate properly. When we hate pride and lust and greed and selfishness and deceit and murder and malice and slander and objectification and all forms of evil, we use hate the way God intended us to.
But when I hate Apple, I substitute something ultimately neutral for the things that are crying out for my hatred; the things that the Holy Spirit is demanding I turn my wrath against.
And so, I repent.
I repent of the hours I have spent bickering with people about their digital choices. I repent of the times I have self-righteously explained to someone why they should not patronize Apple Inc. I repent of my upturned nose at my brothers and sisters who have made different, albeit ultimately insignificant choices. I repent. And I move on to hate the things I am called to hate. The great injustices in the world and the small injustices in my world. The sins of mankind and my own sins. I will be a better steward of my time, my energy, and my hatred.
Let us not swear off hatred itself. But let us swear off hatred of the things which matter so little. And let us turn our hatred toward the things that stand against the Kingdom of Love.