I’ve written quite a bit on this blog about the various differences between our American cultural assumptions and those of the biblical intellectual traditions. Rather than linger unnecessarily rehashing the details of this, let’s get right into some of the biggest lies we face in seeking to understand reality.
Hate is not a sin.
This brings up a fundamental issue with Satan’s agenda to keep people trapped in his lies: manipulation by preclusion. In human communications, one of the strongest weapons of deception is preventing you from questioning certain a priori assumptions. It’s one thing to say, “This is not up for debate.” It’s another thing to hide that by starting in the middle of the conversation and refusing to consider those things that really do warrant discussion.
This is how the forces of evil prevent having any actual conversation. They aren’t trying to persuade by reason, and they are only mocking persuasion by conviction by relying on pure emotion. A major dirty trick by the Devil is substituting sentiment for conviction.
Conviction is the repository of character written into your heart by God during your development in the womb. If you were blessed with parents who are aware of the heart-led way, you could grow up into that level of consciousness. But very few parents have that approach to life because Western culture consciously rejects it. We adopt the heart-led way at some social risk.
However, we inherit from the Germanic tribal component of Western Civilization the image of the heart as the repository of mere sentiment. It is portrayed as some kind of magical something we cannot and should not try to understand. Thus, the meaning of “heart-led” in Western culture is something quite different from how the Bible portrays it. In the Bible, heart-led is the path of living by conviction and faith.
Thus, the task is to explore and discover what God wrote into your soul as your divine birthright. It will be some unique subset of God’s own divine moral character, which is as much as we can handle. It reflects our unique creation at the hands of God. And the Bible flatly says there are things that God hates. Scripture goes to great length helping us to understand what God loves versus what He hates.
From ancient Hebrew culture we learn to hate sin. We are taught to personify sin as a person — the Devil. It is perfectly natural and right to also hate anyone who stands too close to the Devil. Granted, most of humanity are victims trapped by Satan in his slavery. Not everyone consciously seeks to serve Satan all the time. So we begin to understand that hatred for Satan and sin takes a contextual shape in our souls. We recognize that hatred for sin is directly tied to love for God’s glory, since sin means diminishing His glory. It’s a single passion.
Not everything we encounter stirs that passion much. So the actions we take in some cases will be quite muted and perfunctory. That’s how it should be. We are each endowed with a different calling and mission in life, and we shouldn’t all engage everything we encounter with the same depth of passion. Our collection of gifts from God will generate different actions, because we all have our assigned domain in feudal service to our Lord Creator. We take all sin and glory quite seriously, but not all of us are equipped to deal with exactly the same collection of responses.
Thus, I don’t promote my passions as exemplary in terms of specific content, but as a model of how to do passion in general. I don’t tolerate people jumping past the basic assumptions to manipulate me about their perverted moral sentiments in service to some alien god. All the more so since there is only one true God, and all other deities are demons in disguise. I recognize and cling to the God who revealed Himself to me. In doing so, I will naturally tend to hate the same things He tells me that He hates.
That means my hatred will fall on folks who live within those things He hates. All the more so does it fall on them to the degree they serve and enhance the things God hates. My most passionate spite is reserved for those who knowingly muddy the issue of what is moral and immoral, because that’s something God has called me to prophesy about.
It is good and right to despise the enemies of your God, and to seek ways to defeat their works.