I don’t know about anyone here but I’ve run across people who emphasize love, (which we are to do) but they take it to such an exaggerated level that they feel Christians aren’t supposed to have any unpleasant emotions whatsoever. I’ve heard it said that the Bible could be a blank book with just one word, “Love”, written in it and that would be sufficient. This type of thinking is reminiscent of the hippy generation. Yes we are to watch what we say, yes we are to love our enemies, but is there ever a time when we are supposed to hate?
Psa 97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil:
Prov 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Deu 7:25-26 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God. Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
Graven images are an abomination to God, therefore His people are to detest and utterly abhor them. What God hates, we are to hate because we love Him and fear Him.
1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
If we love these things, the love of the Father is not in us! Again, if we love God, we are forbidden to love the things which oppose Him. In fact, it is impossible to love both God and evil.
Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Perhaps the issue is not whether we love or hate, but what we love and what we hate. It is impossible to love everything, because some things are direct opposites. If you love one, you must hate its opposite. The more you love one, the more you hate the opposite.
After all of that, I have to say that I am a hypocrite! I am guilty of not hating all things as I should. I KNOW something is wrong and while I don’t necessarily seek it out, sometimes I do. Some of you may not agree with me on this but I think ungodly music is a sin and does spiritual damage. I think the beat feeds the flesh and makes you want to dance and maybe other things. It also puts images into your head which may be ungodly.
My weakness is rap music and everything else underneath that. The words are horrible and degrading and while I KNOW it’s wrong, I still like it. I threw out thousands of dollars worth of cd’s a couple years ago and over the years I bought a couple more. Here’s my list: Bill Withers, Jim Croche, Michael Buble, and Phil Keaggy. None of these are “bad” BUT…I also bought Pitbull. If you know who he is then you’re saying “oohhhh I see”.
I used to play the “blame game” and say it was because I grew up in a black neighborhood. (which is true) I used to say that I couldn’t help it because it’s in my blood because my biological father is a singer, songwriter, guitar player and is all-around very musical. Then I reasoned that it was because of my mixed heritage – after all everyone knows the stereotype that ‘black’ people are naturally musically inclined and I’m 1/4 black. (and Portuguese) So after all the excuses, the Lord has shown me that no…it wasn’t because of any of these things, they were MY choices. My pet sin that I love to indulge in.
I’m afraid I’m not as separated from the world as I’d like to be but I’m striving to remedy that. I’ve been praying for years over this because I really think this is an addiction. I cannot just flip a switch and hate these things and so I must rely on the Lord to work in me. I am powerless without Him. I’m a sitting duck without Him.
Does anyone else struggling with this or something similar? And if so, what happened?