What drives people to malice? What makes a man fighting for his country go into a village and kill people he doesn't know?
What turns people into persecutors?
Usually we can say they are disturbed people, if its a woman reaching a certain age we can say she's approaching the menopause...hormones can be blamed for many sorts of daft acts ...but there must be something more in the makeup of anyone who hates enough to try to destroy people...or their beliefs..
St Paul admits quite cheerfully that before his conversion he persecuted Christians...nothing wishy washy about St Paul...his beliefs were clear cut and he died in order to propagate them..
I get cross from time to time....I'm certainly no saint. Sometimes turning the other cheek is very hard but I try and mostly succeed.
What motivated the soldier into turning his hatred upon the people of Afganistan even to its children cannot easily be imagined....and it is too easy to just say, "Well he was obviously disturbed"
That's what we say when someone we know behaves out of character and does something that damages themselves more than the object of their spite.
No one can be sure how we would react in extreme circumstances but most Christians would defend their faith if called upon to do so.
I have now witnessed a small taste of persecution and I do wonder what makes a person hate and more, act on that hatred
Its got to be more than just rogue hormones....
The need to punish, to make someone else pay for either real or imagined hurts is quite literally a means of self destructing....the only person in the end to get hurt is the persecutor.
The American soldier may well spend the rest of his life regretting his actions..
Anyone else inclined to persecute should realise that its a negative, self destructive impulse and fight it!
Hormones can't always take the blame!