Denzel Washington was the focus of a story in a Charisma Magazine article as he spoke at a graduation ceremony in which he stated “it is impossible to be grateful and hateful at the same time.”
Or is it, I completely understand what Mr. Washington gist was but he failed to see the full idea of his quote and that without Jesus one can be grateful for some and hateful for most.
It is possible to be grateful and hateful at the same time. Hitler, Stalin and Mao Zedong were grateful to be tyrants, grateful to be raciest and grateful to squander other peoples money yet hateful enough to take the lives of millions, to have contempt of God and human life.
As a professed Christian it is impossible to love God with all your heart and mind and still be hateful to your neighbor.
A Christian cannot balance the two, a person that does this is lying to oneself and to God and most importantly is failing the two commandments set by Jesus. Matthew 22: 37-40
A non Christian cannot show biblical gratefulness and practice hatefulness without being morally bankrupt. Just like trying to serve two masters eventually you will bow down to one master then look away or kill the other.
Without the exclusivity of Jesus Christ and our unconditional love to him we cannot truly love our neighbor. We cannot understand true love without truly loving God first.