Friday, February 08, 2008

Hate Speech

What does it mean to fear the Lord? Solomon tells us that one way of demonstrating your fear of God is through hating evil. Why are we so afraid to hate? (You can check out my earlier post on this topic)
Proverbs 8:12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Do you think that we hate evil? I think we dislike it, we may even fear it, and we avoid it, but I wonder if we really hate it.

Dear God, help me to love what you love and hate what you hate. Help me to especially hate pride and arrogance as it crops up in my own heart.

2 comments:

Christina M said...

Thank you for this post. It really made me think about how much I, and Christians in general, hate evil. I think perhaps we are afraid to hate evil because either we are afraid we may look like hipocrites, or we are afraid others may misread our anger and think it is directed at peeople instead of their sins. It is a hard balance to find!

Travis Penn said...

I agree, it is an extremely hard balance. Love the sinner hate the sin, too often just looks like hate the sinner.

Jesus said, "Blessed are the ones that mourn." I think maybe that is the right balance. It's not a judgmental kind of attitude, but a broken attitude over the things that really break the heart of God.

Thanks for stopping by.