The Love, Hate Relationship of the Christian

  There are quite a few things that just do not come naturally for the believer.  One of the main ones is our love hate relationship to the world. There is no question as to what the Bible says about loving the world.  It says love not the world nor the things of the world. If a man love the world, then the love of the father is not in him. 1 John. 2:15 This coincides with the statement that we are to be in the world but not of the world.  It is difficult to know what it means to be of the world, and even more difficult to convince others what and where it means. The greatest area of Church failure is determining what is of the world and what is not.
  But, now let me get to the particular point. If you take the word hate in the Bible, you will find that it is alright and expected that we, as believers, hate what God hates.  Just about everything that God hates is what man does or thinks. If we are to hate what God hates, then we have quite a load on our hands and it takes considerable deciphering to know what to hate and what not to hate.
  Our biggest mistake with this quandary is that we as humans do something that God doesn't do.  We pick out other people to hate. There is not one individual or nation or being mentioned in the Bible that God says he hates. He tells us that everyone who does not have their name written in the Lamb's Book of Life are going to be cast into the lake of fire, but God does not hate them. He is not nor will be willing that any should perish. God so loved the world that he gave Jesus.  He loves every single individual but hates what they think, say and do and even those who hate and persecute him.
  The world says God doesn't love them because he doesn't love what they think, say and do!  Believers face the same blame. We don't have any choice but to denounce sin, so sinners interpret us as hating them.  The world is beginning to pass laws to stop us from hating sin, because they don't know the difference in sin and sinners.  They do not understand how we can hate sin yet love sinners. Of course we believers are also perplexed much of the time, because we cannot discern the blurred line between sin and sinner.  Then there is the over riding problem of professing Christians who love and defend some sin.  Some of us preach against booze and some Churches sell beer at their bazaars and October fests. Some of us preach against gambling, and some Churches have Las Vegas bingo parties.  Some of us preach on the subject of modesty and others denounce the sermon. We read in the scripture about God turning our generation over to a reprobate mind, yet some Churches and denominations accept the reprobates and honor them for their lifestyles.  Men want to marry men and women want to marry women and some Churches are performing the ceremony. The whole world has gone mad, because nobody want to be accused of hating the sinner or even defining the sin.
  Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for others. Is it not the greatest mystery, that when men needed a saviour, when men needed a sacrifice, when men needed reconciliation, when men needed someone to die in their place, when Jesus chose to die for the sins of many.  It was the very ones that he loved and gave himself for, who nailed him to that tree.
  The Love, Hate relationship for the believer will never be seen clearly by either side. The farther both sides gets from the Word of God, the less clear will be the message and messengers. The hatred for the truth and the truth givers will only increase as the world hardens itself against the convicting power of the Spirit of God.  I believe that one of the judgments that Christians will face will have to do with how much we discerned of sin and of sinners and which received our love.


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