I was listening to a friend the other day give a practice sermon on Romans 12:9-21. As he began talking about verse 9, a simple question was posed: do we hate what God hates? He then referred to Proverbs 6:16-19. I don’t remember the exact wording he used, but my friend went on to say, “This is what God hates. Shouldn’t we only hate these things? Why is it that we hate things that God loves and love certain things that God hates? Take for instance our neighbor. Aren’t we suppose to show them brotherly love according to Jesus and Paul? Why do we spend so much time hating others when we’re suppose to be loving them like Jesus?”
I totally agree.
Why do we hate things that God loves (people groups) and love certain things that God hates (thought patterns, gossip, ignorance)?
God hates the actions of: pride, slander, injustice, inner deception, love for evil, lying/falsehood, and dissension. Shouldn’t we, His Body, then, be people who emulate something different: humility, truthful speech, preservation of life, pure thoughts, eagerness to do good, honest witness, and peaceful harmony? In other words, shouldn’t we be living out the Beatitudes?
Where does Proverb 6 tells us to hate our neighbor, or those who disagree with us? Where are we to protest, rant through the streets, boycott clothing stores or other places? No where. Yet, we do these things. All the time. And I’m pretty sure these actions, God hates, too.
Yes, sin is evil. Yes, the world is crazy right now. However, the last thing this world needs are Christians proclaiming a false Jesus. What the world needs is hope … The Hope … The Real Hope. Remember, our battle is not against flesh and blood, “but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:10-20).
1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.