The other day on the way to work, Moriah and I were listening to Proverbs 6 on an audio bible and this passage came on:
“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” — Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV
It’s a familiar passage to us, and one that a family favorite song Judy Rogers did has set to music. It’s a harsh passage to use today because we get told that hatred is bad. Without exception. And here Solomon says that there are seven things God hates. Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength means there are other things you are supposed to hate. Over the next few weeks I’m going to run down through these seven things God hates, and explain what hating them means for you and me. We’ll start next week with proud eyes.
As an added bonus, consider this post from Nancy Wilson that popped up in my feed recently based on the same passage:
But as I thought about it later, I realized that actually he is a hater. And so am I. And so are you. And so is that woman. We all hate something. She apparently hates haters. But being a hater is not a bad thing in itself. It all depends on what it is we are hating.God Himself hates lots of things. He hates sin. If He did not hate sin, Christ would not have gone to the cross to redeem us from it. God is the ultimate hater because He hates sin more than any of us do, and we would do well to hate what He hates more than we do.
Source: Haters |