When is it OK to Hate?
When is it ok to hate? When is hate good? The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There’s a time and a season for everything under heaven” and then in verse 8 it says “There is a time to love and a time to hate”. So when is it ok to hate? I mean, some of us hate broccoli. Some of us hate liver. Some of us hate being in traffic. I know that I hate being in the middle seat on a Southwest Airlines flight. I just hate that middle seat!
The Bible does say that there are some things we should hate. You really can’t love unless there are some things that you hate. Get this, the Bible says we should hate sin, evil, bribes, idolatry, murder, arrogant and perverted speech, and sexual immorality. In other words, we should hate sin. In Proverbs chapter 6, the bible states there are six things that the Lord hates. No, actually seven things are an abomination to Him. He hates haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness that pours out lies, he also hates the person that sows discord in a family. There’s some other things that God hates as well – divorce (Malachi 2:16). The reason he hates divorce is because He knows how detrimental it is and how harmful it is to society and the children. It causes a lot of collateral damage. God hates how it hurts the individual.
Hatred in the Bible is not an emotion. It’s not like when God says these things that He’s having these feelings of animosity. For the interpretation, you must separate the human emotional feeling of hatred. In the world of psychology, we’re instructed to hate because if we can’t hate then we are classified as a sociopath. A sociopath will do evil things and feel no remorse for what they’ve done. So, if we don’t hate evil we will learn to actually enjoy witnessing evil.
One of the things we should hate is terrorism. Right? We should hate the fact that an evil person entered a night club in Orlando and killed 49 fellow Americans! We should hate terrorism! We should hate people that promote and perform acts of horrendous evil. Here’s what we need to be careful of; we need to make sure we do not become desensitized. We live in a society that we become desensitized to evil and acts of evil to where we begin to tolerate, accept, rationalize and explain it.
Now, there are some things we should NEVER hate. You should never hate yourself. You should never hate God. Period. We should never hate our neighbor as it says in Leviticus 17:19 where Jesus says we are to love our neighbor. So we can hate the sin that someone may commit but we don’t hate that person. We need to be aware and not celebrate the things God hates. Funny thing is, though, in our society today, most forms of entertainment celebrate the very things God hates. If we aren’t careful and we celebrate what the world celebrates, we can become desensitized. At the end of the day, if we are going to be a follower of Christ, we should love the things God loves and we should hate the things God hates. Also, you really can’t love if at the same time you don’t hate the things that would destroy love.
Here’s what I know, there are things that God hates – the evil, the sin, the wickedness that’s in our world; but because of Jesus, we know that God loves the world. He loves for people to gain the knowledge of the truth of who He is and who Christ is. When the love of God is shed in our hearts, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can actually begin to love. We can begin to love God, to love others and begin to love ourselves and we will always hate the things that will destroy the things we love.
Ecclesiastes says there is a time to love and time to hate. I hope we have some loathsome feelings toward evil and the evil being perpetrated in our society. I want you to know that I love you and I hope you have an awesome rest of your day! Take care!
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