“Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 97:10
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection.” Romans 12:9-10
A few years ago I developed a friendship with a successful atheist scientist online. We didn’t agree on most things, but I felt like I was gaining ground in our conversations. At one point I was encouraged when he mentioned to a friend that although we seldom agreed, he liked and respected me because I knew the bible, was consistent and true to my beliefs. Our conversations eventually ended when he became enraged. I simply said that one can love people trapped in false religion or beliefs, and yet hate evil religion. Some people just cannot accept that there are evil things that Christians are called to hate.
I only wish the above verse had come to mind.
Are you also put off by the way many are trying to force their redefinition of truth down our throats? The big lie of today’s world is that evil is presented as good, and good as evil. In countless ways, the coming generations have been taught lies as truth. Our history has been rewritten and atheistic theory is now taught as scientific fact. But worst of all, the Christian values that America was founded upon have been twisted and misrepresented.
America is at a tipping point.
Biblical Christianity is exclusive; but it’s also inclusive in that it’s available to all who believe in Jesus Christ for forgiveness and redemption. Salvation and eternal life with Christ is for all who confess their sins, believe, and receive His free gift of grace. But on the other hand Christianity is exclusively only for those who believe in Jesus.
“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” John 3:18-19
The point here is: if we desire to love God we must also learn to hate evil. For this reason we must determine what is evil, and what is good and true. And we must stand firm.
We need to clearly understand the difference between good and evil. And when we hate that which God defines as evil we will actually be loving God.
Now you might refer me to the law of Christ and say; “I will just be a loving person and love my neighbor. I don’t need to hate evil to love God.” And I would say that this fulfills the second greatest commandment, but not the first.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
But doesn’t Paul say; “love is the fulfillment of the law?” Yes, “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:8-10
And I would say; that is so true, but the key to understanding here are the words “Love does no wrong” And it is surely wrong to validate wrong with (your approval of, or silence to) that which God defines as evil.
A few more bible verses can help us get our minds in the light.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:8-16
The days are EVIL. We need God’s definition of reality to become reality. And we need to become the “children of light” that God says we are. New things have come; and for us, old ways (fruitless deeds of darkness) passed away. We are no longer — darkness. We need to find out what pleases the Lord (all goodness, righteousness and truth) and live it out moment by moment, day by day.
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16
There is no way around it. Love God – Hate Evil.
“Let those who love the Lord hate evil”
Grace and Peace to you my friends,
Bob West Geezerdust©2020