There is a sign you may have noticed by the churches of Christ which says, “Jesus loves you and we do too”. It is true Jesus loves the sinner, but he hates the sin they commit.
Good people can’t love the way the Bible teaches without hating the way the Bible teaches. Now I’m not talking about malicious and unjustifiable feelings of animosity toward others. Rather, we’re talking about a deep, harsh feeling of hatred toward what is evil or wrong.
I’m speaking of the sense of repugnance and disdain that wells up inside us when we hear of someone raping, molesting, murdering or maiming another person. This hatred is righteous and critically needed in our society.
The Bible says God hates. He hates idolatry (Jer. 44:2-5). In fact, Proverbs 6:16-19 lists seven things that God hates. Those include prideful arrogance, liars, murderers, hearts that devise wickedness, people who love to do evil, false witnesses and those who sow discord.
So, if God hates, we ought to hate in like manner. We ought to hate every false way (Psalm 119:104). The church in Ephesus was commended for hating (Rev. 2:6). Why? Because those persons and congregations of persons who are not opposed to wrong are supporting wrong.
As the result of perverted religious teaching that leads people to think love and hate can’t exist side by side, even good people have come to believe that it is unloving to condemn homosexuality, abortion, lying, greed, adultery, fornication, pornography, false doctrine, etc. We are to hate such sins but we are never to hate those who commit such. We are to teach, instruct, and encourage all who sin to come to the gospel of Christ. As a word of warning, we are not to engage in a sinner’s activities or compromise the truth of God in order to show Christian love toward them.
It’s time we stir up our righteous hatred of all evil. It’s time to let our righteous indignation be seen and heard. Our past silence has been an acquiescence to evil.
God hated sin enough to sacrifice his Son to eradicate it and forgive people who practiced it. He loved sinners enough to save us by the same sacrifice. As the prophet of old has said, “Hate the evil, love the good and establish judgment in the gate” (Amos 5:15).