Saturday, February 14, 2009

More Crumbs

Like a deft house mouse, I have more crumbs from Outraged Spleen of Zion.

Chip Brogden from Sola Dei Gloria walks right in the maelstrom, do you dare?
The Gift of Holy Hatrid
“I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:104b).

From our earliest days as young Christians our special emphasis is on love. We are taught to love God with all our heart, love our neighbor, and love our enemy. We feel convicted if we do not love someone the way we think we should, and we ask God to give us a love for that brother or sister. How wonderful when the Lord responds to our prayer and we are able to love one another with a holy love.

Yet there is another aspect of love that is often overlooked, and that is hatred. This is a holy hatred. It goes right along with holy love. Yet we do not hear a lot about this holy hatred. We are not talking about the kind of hate that causes people to fight and kill one another. We hear the word “hate” and we think of gossip, slander, strife, murder, war, “hate crimes” against individuals and groups, jihads and crusades. There is nothing holy about that, that is sin. But what we have in mind here is a holy hatred that is the result of a holy love.

My own take is that we're caught up in a paradigm: We reject God the Father and have foisted up a faggy, limp-wristed version of the Son. Note the words of the Psalmist: I hate every false way.

"But I thought this was all about Love ...." Once one uses the word "all" then the misunderstanding has set in. The Modern Era has taken love to mean "some feeling of affection" not the true love of, say, a parent for a child. So when we insert "all" big trouble looms.

Even parents get it wrong, smoking pot with their children, turning a blind eye to unacceptable behavior, failing to discipline.

This basic misunderstanding about words makes conversation, and understanding, virtually impossible in this day and age. This, I suspect, is foretold in the Bible: see the story of the Tower of Babel.

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