An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Selective Hate

(Proverbs 10:12 KJV)  Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

“Hatred” (8135) is getting a lot of bad press.  Most of it involves politically motivated attempts to control thinking and manipulate feelings.  In the passive sense the cultural leaders are trying to “stir” (5782) up “strife” (4090).  By passive I mean that they are trying to get the general population to get upset by the attitudes on an unknown “them”. 

That being said, hatred is something that Christians are not allowed.  When people call me a “hater” or a racist in order to manipulate me, if I am given a chance, I will explain that those terms are impossible for me because I want to go to heaven and those kind of attitudes would be a barrier.  Hatred of people is negative but there is a positive:  We are to hate evil.
(Proverbs 8:13 KJV)  The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
The unfortunate part of this is that so much of what is accepted in our modern culture fits in this category. 

So?  We are not to embrace our society without discernment.  We are to accept some things, love a few and hate what is evil.  You will possibly be rejected by what you reject but keep in mind you will be accepted by the One you obey. 

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