From John’s Desk 7/31/2016

Posted by Kim McDonald, Category: Announcements, From John's Desk,

We sure live in “upside down” times, don’t we? Looking around at our culture and observing the way people behave (‘misbehave’ is more like it), the words of the Lord spoken through the prophet ring in my ears; “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20, NKJV). Today, our culture calls evil good, we call darkness light and we claim that bitter is sweet. As a nation we seem to be moving further away from God and His Word every day and the result of that isn’t hard to see – we’re upside down!
Today, the worst thing a person can be accused of is to be a “hater”. In the modern vernacular, a hater is someone who says, or even thinks, anything that doesn’t fall in line with our politically correct culture that has bowed its knee to the altar of tolerance. For example, if you don’t think that grown men should be in a restroom with little girls, well, you’re a hater. If you don’t think that millions of babies should be slaughtered in their mother’s wombs, well, you must be a hater. If you don’t think that sexual immorality of every possible form you can think of (and some that you can’t even imagine) should not only be legal, but be open and public for all to see, well, you guessed it, you’re a hater.
In this climate that we live in, emotional appeals, even when not based in truth, have more validity than actual logic or facts. For example, half way through 2016, roughly 5000 people have been killed by guns in America. During the same time, approximately 500,000 babies have been killed by abortionists. Yet many in our culture want to ban guns while at the same time demanding that tax payers fund Planned Parenthood’s genocide. Is there any logic in that? Of course not…but don’t make the argument too loudly or you’ll be labeled a hater!
All of this has caused many moral people to cower quietly in fear of being targeted by the PC Police. Worse yet, it has caused Christians to have doubts about the Bible and whether or not the Word of God is really the Word of God. While some major denominations have long ago sided with politically correct tolerance over the Bible, the truth is that some even in the church that Jesus built are being swayed by the intolerant voices of our ‘tolerant’ culture. And because of that, it is good for us to be reminded of an important and undeniable truth: Our God is a hater! The Creator of all things absolutely hates, despises, can’t stand and won’t tolerate sin. The wise man wrote in Proverb 6:16-19 “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,  a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.”
Our God hates sin. I’ll say it again – the Bible says that God HATES sin! Not some sin, but all sin. And here’s the thing: If we are His children then we must hate sin as well. Ephesians 5:1 says that Christians are to be “imitators of God”. That means we must do as God does. If God does something, we must do it too. If God says something, so must we. If God hates something, then Christians must be haters as well. Psalm 97:10 makes that clear, “You who love the Lord, hate evil!” If God’s people don’t hate evil, if we don’t hate sin then clearly we aren’t imitating our God.
Hating sin means that we must not participate in it, we must not support those who practice or promote it and we must also speak against it. If we do that, some will be offended and some will call us haters. That’s okay as long as we speak the truth in love. Because the truth is that if we don’t speak up, if we will stand by silently while many around are led in ignorance to their eternal destruction, then we will have their guilt on our hands.
The truth is that to stand silently by while people walk straight down the path to hell is the true definition of hate.