“Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life” (Jonah 4:3).
Jonah’s attitude regarding God’s deliverance of the Ninevites is a stark contrast to the apostle Paul, who wrote, “For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsman according to the flesh (Romans 9:3). Such is the destructive power of prejudice, a predetermined hatred for a particular people group. It reveals that poison isn’t necessarily something you drink as much as it is the way you think. The only end that hatred accomplishes is the demise and destruction of both the testimony of your faith and very life. Today, the Southern Poverty Law Center tracks 940 hate groups in this country. By our attitudes and actions, let’s not lead others to think that the church is to be counted among them.