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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Are Christians Haters?

Christians are often called "haters." I think of the bumper sticker, that is clearly pointed at Christians, that says, "Hate is not a family value." I remember when my son used to call me, "Mr. Negativity." I think of how Christians are always being portrayed as aggressive, type A, intimidators and I wonder? Is this really true?

Actually I see most Christians as meek, mild, shrinking violet, types of people. They seem to flee the battle, not run to it. They seem to me to be a people who try to avoid confrontation at all costs. And because of this they seem to me to be destined to loose in the battle of ideas. But yet truth cannot be contained.

I think we need to learn to hate sin even more than we have. I think the reason we handle sin with kid gloves is because we ourselves are compromised. If you need mercy, you are wise to give mercy. But still, we should have a holy hate in our hearts for sin in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Not hate for the person, but hate for the sin. Jesus had a love for the sinner, but never excused the sin.

The world seems to hate the US for its stance that seems to divide the world into, "good and evil." This seems simplistic to them. To them, it ignores some subtle differences that should be included. But is this wise? Is this true? Is relativism legitimate? If things are relative then it seems to me all practical reality of good and evil disappears and only the current person in powers idea of evil will prevail. We need an objective standard. We need to learn to hate sin. Only then will we speak up and see it driven far from our doors.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Michael Finegan said...

There are two reasons why Christians are often protrayed as "haters." For most, simply because most people do not want to know that they have sin in their lives and that they can't fix it, only Jesus can. Secondly, and sadly, because somepeople in the name of "Christianity" do very destructive and hateful things to others that are indeed hateful. I do not think that the last group is truly Christian.

Anyway, great post and God bless you.

9:30 PM, April 26, 2005  
Anonymous Michael Finegan said...

There are two reasons why Christians are often protrayed as "haters." For most, simply because most people do not want to know that they have sin in their lives and that they can't fix it, only Jesus can. Secondly, and sadly, because somepeople in the name of "Christianity" do very destructive and hateful things to others that are indeed hateful. I do not think that the last group is truly Christian.

Anyway, great post and God bless you.

9:31 PM, April 26, 2005  
Blogger Dan Edelen said...

Anyone who has a strong belief in our society will be classified as hateful by anyone on the other side of that belief. Such has our discourse broken down in an age when everyone is considered to be a victim.

That said, we Christians would do better to listen first and lay off so much of our judgment. I blogged more about that here.

Blessings on you and your blog.

10:00 AM, May 04, 2005  
Blogger jpe said...

You're radically oversimplifying the position of those that think American's manicheanism is messed up. The problem, for them, isn't that America sees good and evil, it's that we don't weigh different evils. For example Saddam was evil, but so is killing thousands of Iraqi civilians, so is destabilizing the region, and so is destroying the infrastructure that gets fresh water to the citizenry. In other words, relativism isn't at issue here; how we weigh good and bad is.

One does a disservice to oneself and to others by misrepresenting the arguments to others. If honesty still means anything, it is incumbent on all of us - especially us Christians - to evaluate arguments honestly, rather than to stick them into whatever box is convenient at the moment.

7:32 AM, May 05, 2005  
Anonymous click said...

So, we need to hate sin and show mercy. How does that look in day to day living?

5:58 AM, May 07, 2005  

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