Wait Just a Minute!

by Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti
Editor, CQ Bible Study Guide for Young Adults

Our vacation had been so peaceful. We observed golden eagles soaring through the sky, listened to the loons calling to each other, photographed endangered pink lady slipper wildflowers, and hiked along two large tracts of beach mercifully preserved by The Nature Conservancy.

What a contrast all this was to our return to the Washington, D.C., area and the news that a white supremacist had opened fire in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, killing a security guard and terrifying hundreds of the museum’s visitors.

We wonder how anyone could do anything so despicable; and we shake our heads and wag our tongues, thinking all the while that we would never, could never, do anything that horrific.

But wait a minute. Haven’t you ever hated someone? Chances are you hate someone right now. (And I’m talking to myself, here, also.) Matthew 5:21, 22 says that even if you hate someone you will be judged the same as if you had murdered that person.  And in 1 John 3:15, we read that anyone who hates another person is a murderer and therefore cannot have eternal life. The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary says that “murder is an end result of anger” (vol. 5, p. 334) and that even slander can “kill” a person if it discourages that person enough “to prevent him from fully developing his innate abilities,” thus destroying “part of the life he might have led” (vol. 7, p. 654).

“The spirit of hate . . . originated with Satan, and it led him to put to death the Son of God,” wrote Ellen White in Thoughts From the Mount of Blessings, p. 56. So the next time you meet up with Satan in the wilderness of hate, avoid a murder charge. Tell him as Christ did, “Get thee behind me!”