Thursday, February 14, 2013
A Message of Hate
Now wait a minute..."a message of hate on Valentine's Day? And on a Christian blog?", you say. No my friend, I don't have a message of hate, but quite the contrary. There are however, churches out there, who shouldn't even be called Christian churches, who hate. I won't mention the name of the well-know church of hate that is in the United States, but I don't think I need to mention their name. They picket funerals of those they don't agree with and pray that they go to hell, instead of sending cards and letters to those who have lost loved ones, in order to show what Christianity really means...LOVE. I believe in the Bible, and the God of the Bible, and what it says, wholeheartedly, and I will stand up to the Truth, but...the truth is, we need to show our love to one another and "go out and make disciples", not hate those who we indeed have something in common with...sin. Yes, "We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." ~Romans 3:23. Not one of us is immune to sin. Some say one certain thing is a sin, while others say it's not, but what does the Bible say? What does Jesus tell us to do to our neighbors? Today is the day of Love, not hate. Everyday we should love, not hate.
Not everyone agrees with each other, but should we hate them? No. Jesus didn't die on the cross for sinners, because He hated us. He died because He loved us, in spite of our sin. He does not like sin, in fact He does actually hate sin, but He loves the sinner. He gave up His own perfect and spotless life, and shed His blood, so that we, imperfect sinners could have eternal life with Him. He cried out on the cross to God, for those who were killing Him, "Forgive them, for they do not know what they do." We as true Christians need to show more love and less hate. If God could love sinners, then why can't we love in the same manner? We do need to make stands against sin, but we also need to live in a manner that pleases God, in order to take that stand without hypocrisy. Look in the mirror, and ask yourself, "should I cast the first stone?"
Love is what this message is about, appropriately on Valentines Day. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life." ~John 3:16. We sadly live in a world of hate. It is shown by the acts of some people who were supporting Christopher Dorner in killing cops. How in the world can someone support killing others? It's the message of hate that satan is displaying to the world. I will stop and pray when I hear messages of hate, for those in the line of fire, and for those who are doing the targeting. I have ranted and raved about things I've disagreed with, and I truly apologize for that. Instead, I challenge Christians around the United States and the world, that when something arises that we do not believe is right, pray for those people involved, and take a loving stand, in Jesus' name. The message of hate towards sinners is not what sinners need, especially from a so-called church. It creates a bad name for all Christians, and it creates a bad name for our One and Only True and loving God.
Don't hate the churches or groups who hate others that don't agree with them. Don't hate our leaders who do wrong in our sight. Don't hate the one's who kill innocent children, or kill those in vengeance, or out of a psychotic rage. Pray for them and show others the forgiveness and love that Jesus showed on the Cross of Calvary. Resurrection Sunday is coming soon. The message of that day, and three days before that, is LOVE, not hate. If God hated us, remember, we wouldn't be here in the first place, let alone, Jesus providing salvation for all of us sinners.
Have a Happy Valentine's Day and love one another!
Be Blessed and bless someone today!