Summary: People are confused by protestors and riots and they are hating those who they claim hate, but is this in alignment with God's word? God does hate, and abomination punishments bear witness to this. We first must hate ourselves as Jesus commanded.
Hate What God Hates Kelly Durant 2-29-17
2. In Catholic South America when you go out talking about the gospel you always run into people who instead of wanting to debate deeply the Bible and how one is living close to God or not, people prefer to tell jokes about the faith. Jokes, after all, allow people to laugh about faults. Laughter after all is a way to avoid confronting in yourself how you really don’t like certain people or certain situations with people. Here’s a joke just for fun.
A priest was driving and gets stopped for speeding. The policeman smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He says, “Father, have you been drinking?” “Just water,” says the priest, fingers crossed. The policeman says, “Then why do I smell wine?” The priest looks at the bottle and says, “Praise be to God! He’s done it again!”
If you want to know the nature of a person, just look at what incites their laughter! People seem to love political or religious jokes because within the dark human nature most people love to see people in authority mocked. Humans are rebellious! But within the making fun of others we often observe the cruel nature of others who deep inside harbor a hate and disdain. Often people who mock and poke fun of others are the same ones who claim to be so sensitive and so caring for other certain groups of people. But a stream of water is either fresh or salty, not both! People who protest with hate something cannot have goodness and love as well.
What you and I see is a serious outbreak of cruel hypocrisy in society in which one group gets to bully and mock another. Christians, for example get mocked and persecuted with impunity around the world while other groups, if they get mocked, go into an outrage and violent fury beating up others, burning down neighborhoods, and demanding legal crucifixion of the ones who opened their mouths against them! The haters today, in our Godless society, are pure evil.
3. Today I am focusing on how in line with God you are with your ways, be they with laughter, anger, love, or hate, yes hate! Did you know God hates? Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate”. If you are a Christian with the discernment of the Holy Spirit you can immediately recognize a person that is totally opposite you in their values because most everything they reveal in conversation, in laughter, in love, and in hate is in opposition to the laws and values of God and the fruits of the Spirit. Our world is in such a divided state because a majority of people are carnal and simpletons and have all their wires crossed by misleading information!
A Christian obeys God’s commands worshipping Him, loving Him and others, and he or she loves all life no matter the sinful condition of the person. A true Christian can forgive insults, and seeks to walk in peace with others, even if they disagree with their sins. A Christian studies the Bible and knows what practices are of God’s nature, distinguishing between what is healthy and what is perverse. Within our practice of not hating, we still have the freedom of discretion! We must choose what God’s word says at any cost or we deceive our own selves.
A true Christian is one who lives a holy life, who reveals they love God and others by what they say and do. They defend the cause of the righteous and the persecuted, and seek to serve, heal, and pray for the well-being of everyone, even for the ones who hate and persecute them.
4. You are familiar with Jesus teachings, “Love God and others as yourself”; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, and “love your enemies”. These things are familiar to you, but can you tell me about the last time that you actually got to practice them? We know to love, but are we to hate? Does indignation and hate have a purpose with God’s people? Yes!
A Christian will seek to be like Jesus imitating Jesus in all things, and notice how it was not often, but Jesus did hate and get angry at and the hypocrisy of the wicked deceitful oppressors in his day. Jesus hated hypocrisy, and attacked back those who hated Him and wanted to kill Him. John 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.