“Hate Culture” Is the term that I like to use to describe the constant competition among teenage girls. The constant putdown we put on ourselves.
It’s when you try being nice to someone and that person is mean to you and people say,
“Oh, that’s just what teen girls do.”
It’s apparently acceptable and okay for girls to hate people and put people down in the eyes of society.
If it’s hurting someone, it’s not okay.
As Christian girls, this kind of hate, competition, comparisons, and jealousy shouldn’t define our life and our teen years. It’s difficult trying to live up to being a godly girl, then *boom* you’re hit with a wave of hate. What do we as Christian girls do?
It’s all about being a light in the darkness.
That darkness is the hate culture and that light is what God has designed us to be and called us to do.
“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and … putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5-11
Of course this passage of scripture was to the church in Thessaloniki and referring to the persecution of the church, but it’s scriptures like these that are incredible reminders of what God wants us to do.
Be alert, cling to love and faith, and encourage one another.
The scriptures also tell us to love others as we love ourselves. (Mark 12:31)
And Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
It is ridiculously difficult to apply this to real life situations.
But as I said, it starts with you.
How you think about and treat yourself will determine how you think and treat others.
If you think you’re not worth anything, it’s easy to see other’s in that same way.
So let me tell you, you’re worthy of love, you are priceless and capable of great things.
Not take that truth, apply it to your life, and spread it like wildfire.
It starts with you. How you think about yourself, and how you treat others.
Think positive, act positive.
The next opportunity you have, pour kindness into someone’s life, compliment them, be kind. If you have the opportunity to prevent hate from spreading, do it. Look out for those around you, if someone is being hurt by hate, encourage them and raise them up. And pray for one another, do not doubt the power a simple prayer can make.
Rise above the hate culture. Maybe the reason people think all girls are mean is because the nice ones are too quiet. So speak life, and live love.
***(Please note, that I am not necessarily talking about bullying, I know that kind of hate is a million times worse than the common hate around us. This post is a reminder to stop the hate before it becomes something worse. Kind of like a prevention.
If you want a blog post about overcoming bullying, please let us know.) ❤