Yes, there is something that we as believers are called to hate, because it is something that our God hates.
We see continually in Scripture how much God in His holiness hates sin.
"There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community." - Proverbs 6:16-19
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” - Romans 1:18
As believers who have been told in Ephesians 5:1 to be imitators of God, we are also called to hate sin.“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” - Romans 12:9
“To fear the Lord is to hate evil.” - Proverbs 8:13a
“Let those who love the Lord hate evil.” - Psalm 97:10a
I was reminded recently of the horrors of sin through an event the Lord brought into my life. I find that the Lord often teaches me when I least expect it and yesterday was certainly no exception.
I was on a riding mower cutting grass, something I do every week. As I completed another row and turned the rider around…I saw a baby rabbit thrashing around on the ground in the throes of death. I was horrified. I deeply appreciate the creation of God and don’t take lightly my stewardship of this earth. So to see a rabbit, a baby no less, dying because I ran over it was rather sobering.
I quickly maneuvered the mower to the other side of the property, out of sight of the rabbit, but certainly not out of mind. The grotesqueness of sin had been manifested right before my eyes.
As I continued to mow, a Scripture from memory hammered me.“Each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” - James 1:14-15
Sin, no matter how "innocent" or "safe" it may seem, ultimately leads to death. Yet we live in a culture that flirts with sin, invites it, welcomes it, rejoices in it, revels in it and perpetuates it. The majority of entertainment and music exalt it, subtlety and blatantly.Yet, sin is a horrible thing and should not be taken lightly.
The cost for my sin was the next thought that surfaced to mind.
Jesus died a death I cannot imagine, suffering in a way I cannot comprehend and His death was the price for my sin so that it might be paid in full. (1 Peter 3:18)
One of the disadvantageous I believe we can tend to have being under the New Covenant is we can become desensitized even easier to sin. I think back to Old Testament days when they had to take a perfect lamb from the flock to the temple. Where they would then lay their hands on this innocent lamb’s head and confess their sins over it...and the priest would kill it, right there in front of the entire family. I can’t imagine such a sight and what a regular reminder this repeated sacrifice would be of the horror of sin.
Now that the sinless, perfect Lamb has been sacrificed once for all, we don’t need the forward pointing sacrificial system. Jesus paid the price for sins, once for all, hallelujah!
Yet, it certainly doesn’t hurt to reflect back on the times when sacrifices were made. "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us." (Romans 15:4a)
For that matter we should regularly reflect on and ponder the cross and the price Jesus paid for me and for you.Even though we know the price for sin and the grotesqueness of it, how often do we still play around with it? How many of even your "Christian-based" films and music deal lightly with it and treat it flippantly? How many of our jokes and comedy are just not funny as they poke fun at sin? How often do we label rebellion as cute or normal? How often do we just throw up our hands and say “It’s just the culture we live in.”?
Look at this world around you. Think of the terrible things you have heard about or seen. Think of the evil that is rampart in our society. If we even knew all of the sin that was committed in our own city yesterday, we would be utterly appalled and it would be too defiling to bear.Ponder this, even Hitler was once a young child playing with toys at Christmas.
Sin and its utter depravity knows no limits. Mankind, living under the rule of sin, truly knows no end to the depths of depravity that can be probed.Do you and I hate sin as God hates it?
Does it repulse us no matter what form it may take?
Does it disgust us to see it propagated in our society?
When it surfaces in our lives, do we run to God for cleansing? (1 John 1:9)
Praise God that as believers, the power of sin over us is broken! We are free and equipped with the Holy Spirit, we don’t have to sin any more! Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus!
May we live in the freedom of Christ, not even entertaining a hint of impurity. (Ephesians 5:3)
May we walk in the light as He is in the light and may we never, ever lose our hatred of sin. (1 John 1:7)
I am looking forward to the day when I get to leave this sin-cursed world when God calls me home to a place where the presence of sin will never be known again. (Revelation 21:27, 22:3)
But until that day, may I hate sin and never be dulled to the horrors of it. For sin is no respecter of persons. Left unchecked, unbridled and its power intact, it pulls a person down to utter destruction, all the way to the fires of Hell.
Thank God for His reminder of this to me yesterday, through one of His creations, a poor, little baby rabbit who experienced firsthand just what it means to live in a sin-cursed world.
My prayer is that as you continue to walk through life, God will truly give you a hatred of sin. If you are born again may you walk in the victory Christ has won for you. If you have not been born again, may you receive the free gift of eternal life from God and start to walk in the victory over sin that Christ can give you.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 6:23