When It’s Right to Hate

Fellow blogger David Ettinger mentioned in a post last week that many Christian bloggers focus on the love, grace, and mercy of God – all wonderful, all true, all deserving of attention, and yet far from everything that there is to our God.

While we should adore him as our Heavenly Father, we should hold also an attitude of reverence and respect for him. When we enter into his throne room during times of prayer, we should never forget whom we are petitioning.

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Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. –Isaiah 6:5

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. – Revelation 19:1-13

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. – Isaiah 6:3b

That last verse reminds me that I should also focus emulating the character of God in every way.

It’s easy to focus on loving and serving others, while forgetting that I should strive for personal holiness –  not perfection, but an ever-growing spiritual maturity. To get to that point, I must see my sin for what it really is, and I must hate it as much as God does.

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I must hate sin, because it was sin that put Jesus on the cross.

I must hate sin, because it is the opposite of everything God is.

I must take sin seriously. I must never brush it off. I must never stop asking God to find it in me, to forgive me for it, and to help me turn from it.

Sound extreme? Maybe. But I’m in good company.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. – Psalm 51:2-4

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23, 24

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. – Isaiah 59:2

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. – Romans 12:9

Do you ever consider the more fearsome aspects of God? What are your thoughts about sin’s effects upon Christians today? I welcome your insights.

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11 thoughts on “When It’s Right to Hate”

  1. I’m always saddened when churches seem to have replaced the awe of God and fear of the Lord with a causal “he’s my bestie” mentality. Most, if not all of our sin can be found in this flippant attitude- that God is gracious and it doesn’t really matter what we do. Thanks so much for bringing this to light! “God, may we learn to love and fear you Lord. For you are holy!”
    Actually, come to think of it, when we hold this high view of God, it makes his forgiveness and compassion towards us mean just so much more!

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    1. Yes, Heather, amen! I try to communicate that message to my kids and to the kids I teach each Sunday. God is our dear Heavenly Father, but he is also not some passive genie in a bottle. When I contemplate his power and might and eternality, I usually end up with my mind blown. I know we won’t fully appreciate all that God is until we meet him.


  2. Personally I have come to understand that sin has become too cerebral and Christianized in our culture. Too broadly defined and lacks any ability to affect many these days outside the cloistered walls of religion. Those in religion will continue to use it but are becoming increasingly isolated from connections with unbelievers.

    What our family has come to hate, with a great and hot passion, is the ‘self’ nature. That beast, with all its ancillary outflows, is by far our biggest enemy. The definition of sin, vague to begin with, leans towards action. It can easily be twisted to mean whatever we want. ‘Self’, however, gets right to the heart of the issue. This malevolent interloper is not action but a deceptive entity that lurks within, craftily disguising itself as something God.

    Self-care, self-love, so prominent in the world, especially in social media, is the biggest enemy around and yet almost everyone ignores, excuses, dismisses and minimizes it. This one enemy dwelling within deserves our utmost hate and disgust for how it has destroyed our spirit from within. That is what our family hates.

    The only answer is to fully surrender our lives to Jesus to kill that beast within. Only then can we be free of ‘self’, free to love, serve and obey our Beloved.

    Homer Les

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    1. Wow, Homer! Well said! Without putting that “old man” on a cross every day, it is easy to become apathetic and lazy and to excuse one’s sin. Living for onesself is certainly the root of much sin; makes sense, as Christ never lived for himself, but always poured himself out for others.

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  3. The devil laughs when seeds he planted cause believers to argue among ourselves. With that, being Catholic and seeing the horrific headlines springing up in the last year or two about my Church, Satan has to be loving it. The cleansing will take a long time, but I do believe the process is under way. I do also believe in the power of the Christian faithful when we, Catholic and Protestant alike, stand side by side for what is right in God’s eyes. Because of that, I will stay and pray and fight and do what I can to make a difference. God bless us all. — Mike

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    1. I was nodding along as I read your comment, Mike. There are issues worth contending about, but so many issues serve merely to be divisive and cause the rest of the world to look at Christians with scorn. I think I need to write a blog post about Christ’s emphasis on unity, and what that means. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  4. One of the recurring themes in the teaching/preaching God lays on my heart is to help folks see more fully the complete nature of our God. Speaking only of His love, faithfulness and forgiveness (which are wonderful beyond compare), does not help people to, as you have written, ‘See my sin for what it is.’ Sin, in all its forms, is separation from this great God we speak of. To not educate folks about the full nature of God deprives them of getting to know Him with the proper reverence He deserves.
    When any of us begin to consider His love in the context of our sinfulness, we can then humbly ask for the cleansing that only He can give, thus giving us more insight into the truly amazing love He pours out on us.
    Pastor Chuck

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