It’s sad to see so much hatred in the world. And we are all guilty of entertaining these negative feelings and emotions from time to time. God only knows that there are times that I let anger, fear, or hate overwhelm me. Fortunately I am fast to calm down as I am generally very calm and mellow. But I sadly see this hatred brewing in the modern church, mostly in the Apostate Churches where the sheep are being led down the road to right wing fascism in the growing antagonism against Muslims, Illegal Immigrants, Cultural Marxists, rabid Feminists, LGBT, etc. Don’t get me wrong, these are threats to Western and Christian, namely Protestant Civilization, that has provided the foundation for free thought and the free market to flourish while the rest of the world suffered annual famines and poverty. But you can stand your ground against sin without harboring hatred or throwing it at these people.
Of course the Westboro Baptist Church comes to mind when discussing this subject. These people project hatred against the lost souls of the world. Gays, “trans-gendered” individuals, Muslims, soldiers, Jews, Catholics, etc. While I agree with the essence of preaching the Gospel to these people so that they can see the truth and come to Jesus Christ and be saved by Grace, the ONLY way to Heaven, I do not condone in any sense the hatred espoused. That’s not going to get people to be open to the truth. We need to reach them with conviction and LOVE. Hate the sin, not the sinner. God loves ALL of his creation, even those that are lost. Maybe he won’t hear their prayers while they are off living in sin and full of pride, however the love in still there, and all he requires is Faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ and a repentant heart.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Some people will argue that God doesn’t have love for the lost sinners, but if that was the case, then ALL of us would be damned to the Lake of Fire. We have ALL sinned and fall short of Heaven. I would argue other than infants and small children who are not yet old enough to fully understand their actions, the age of accountability. God has already demonstrated his unconditional love by providing us a way to connect back with God through Christ on the Cross.
I find for myself at least, when spreading the Gospel, that sometimes it’s more receivable when you make it relate-able to the individual and speak to them in a firm, yet gentle kindness. Not weak or a pushover, but assertive yet loving. This can open people up to hearing the truth that previously only had a bad taste in their mouth of being harshly criticized by a former church or family without receiving any unconditional love from them. I’ve heard from some lost people say, “God hates me” or “Satan loves me because he accepts me”, and this is why we need to show love while preaching the hard truth. God does not accept our sins, but we does FORGIVE us when we believe. We need these people to know that God loves unconditionally, that doesn’t mean he won’t chastise his rebellious children who never return though. Satan’s “love” is an illusion, it’s a deceiving fake love. It’s only meant to kept you separated from the love of God and interested in feeding the ego.
Ephesians 4:15 “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
This hate I see in the Church is in itself a sin, since it generally stems from pride of one’s own works, even if these people believe in Grace, they somehow feel they are “better” despite salvation being off no works of our own.
I just want to conclude this post by saying that different individuals may need to hear the truth a different way to be able to fully understand or accept it. And for many, that includes being able to tell that the individual telling them the Gospel truly loves other people and doesn’t treat them like garbage. Just remember, we were ALL sinners, not a one of us has earned our way to Heaven, and not a one of us ever will. It’s always through Christ!