My Wife and I were sitting and watching the news of the devastating flooding taking place in and around the Houston area of Texas, needless to say it is terrible beyond what most can imagine. For those involved, this is a life changing event. So our prayers, the prayers of the saints of God, are with each and every one of those who are involved, from victim too first responder.
It is amazing that in the midst of all that is taking place in our great country, there can be such hate and contempt. You cannot deny that the President of our country is being attacked on every side, almost the same way it is said that the former president was being attack on every side. Their names are not important, their policies are not important, neither are their personal backgrounds important, we all have our good and our bad about us. The issue I am raising in this post is the “Hate and Contempt” that is taking place in our society. We may not agree with each others life style decisions, some being more abominable than others, or the color of their skin, or their financial class, educational back ground, or their religious or cultic affiliations, but to have so much hate and contempt one human being to another, is the sickness of sin that will and is tearing God’s great humanity apart. Romans 8:22, states, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” And this we know is under the weight of sin. While we that believe know that God is in complete control of all things seen and unseen, he still allows mankind, and each individual of it, to make their own decisions on how they will live their lives, and how they will treat each other. As times moves on we are seeing the decision of mankind to have hate and contempt for each other. This is the problem, because men do not love Jesus The Christ as their Lord and savior, but choose to hate him and all them that love him, they are left with a spirit of hatred that is past on, one human to another. I John 4:20 states,
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
Good question, right, sure it is. Or consider God’s word on contempt in the book of Proverbs 18:3,
“When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.”
Hatred from one person to another can only come of a wicked heart. Hatred is sin, and sin brings sickness and even death to the one that harbors it. If you hate someone and say you have no sin, you are a liar, and the truth is not in you. When you hate and have contempt for another, you destroy your self. If you profess to love God, as all true Christian do, you cut off your ability to communicate with God in prayer. With out forgiveness you cannot be forgiven, thus you can not pray and be heard by God. You then become spiritually sick. You lose your ability to have true joy, because how can a person with hate and contempt in their heart for another have true joy? You can’t. Your thoughts become preoccupied with the hatred and contempt of the other, and what you would like to do to rid yourself of that person. Whether we believe it or not, we as humans do not lack the control we need in thought or in deed without Jesus Christ in our lives. We will soon go on to think and do things we would never believe we would do. In the book of Jeremiah 17:9, God makes the statement, and then ask the question, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? He then goes on to answer the question in 17:10, “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
To all of you brains out there that believe these scriptures are dispensational, and that they don’t apply to you and your hatred and contempt for other people in this time, understand this, God’s teachings are dispensational, but his heart is eternal. Those that hate others will not have a place in God’s kingdom unless that hatred is repented of. In Titus 3:1-7, and in I Peter 2:12-17, the scripture expresses to the church how we are to perform our civic duties, and pray for our leaders, so when their doing wrong, we pray they will be led by the Lord and do right. We are not to take on the terrible ungodly habits of the unsaved society and wage internal warfare against civil authorities and leaders. Galatians 6:7 speaks concerning evil sowing, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” hateful people will in their judgement by God receive the just recompense for their reward.
Last but not least, hatred and contempt are consistent with that, that Satan has for God. Jesus when speaking to the jews of their spiritual dullness in St. John 8:44a stated, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lust of your father ye will do.” Hateful people are devilish people, unforgiving people, deceived people. The only answer to hatred and contempt in the heart, is forgiveness by the grace of God through Christ Jesus. To those of you who profess to be Christians, you must examine yourself. If you find hatred and contempt in your heart for anyone, you must repent. Re-visit what Paul the Apostle said to the church at Corinth in II Corinthians 5:17,
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
There is no place for “Hatred and Contempt” in the new creature of Jesus Christ.