I have met people from all walks of life that are haters. Years ago I was hated for being white by a racist Korean teen, I remember being shocked, she didn’t even know me!
It did though give me a tiny glimpse into the lives of those who are hated for no reason, other than being different from the hater.
I’ve been hated for being a Christian with strong convictions. Recently while trying to understand the gay movement I’ve read some of their blog posts and was shocked at the hateful things I read. Guess who their hatred was towards? Christians.
Why? My guess is people tend to hate those who hate them. Hate breeds more hatred.
But here’s the deal – JESUS ISN’T A HATER. He represented the father while he was here on earth. He boldly said if you have seen him you have seen the Father. Like Father, Like Son.
If you really want to know what God is like just read the gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you will read the words of JESUS. You will discover that the one thing that really ticked him off was this – hypocrites and frauds. He called them out –
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Matthew 23:27 NASB
“You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and flowers bright, but six feet down it’s rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh.” Matthew 23:27 MSG
God loves the sinner and the humble. He does hate sin, but not the sinner. That’s why He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins, BECAUSE of His love….um remember John 3:16-17?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him.”
So if you call yourself a Christian and you are representing the Christian church as a hater, you need to stop and remember where you came from. Can you not have compassion for those who are broken and in need of a savior without stoning them? Um, Jesus did.
The world is full of hurting people and you certainly are misrepresenting the ONE who came to bind up the brokenhearted.
The answer is not in legislating the world. The answer is not in throwing a hateful temper tantrum when politics or court decisions don’t go the way you want.
You cannot hold someone to walk in truth when they have not been freed by the truth.
I suspect you have forgotten that God is in charge and His will be done…in His way and in His time.
James 1:26-27 Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
1 John 4:7-11 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.