I admit it. I am a hater. Numerous people have tried to saddle me and other conservative evangelicals with that label over the years. They are right. I am a hater, but not as they think me to be.
I hate even as the Psalmist said that he did. “Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way” (Ps. 119:104). Charles Spurgeon said of this verse of Scripture:
“[B]ecause of the divine precepts, he [the Psalmist] detested sin and falsehood. Every sin is a falsehood; we commit sin because we believe a lie, and in the end the flattering evil turns a liar to us and we find ourselves betrayed. True hearts are not indifferent about falsehood, they grow warm in indignation; as they love the truth, so they hate the lie. Saints have a universal horror of all that is untrue, they tolerate no falsehood or folly, they set their faces against all error of doctrine and wickedness of life. It is well to be a good hater…A hater of no living being, but a hater of ‘every false way.’ The way of self-will, of self-righteousness, of worldliness, of pride, of unbelief, of hypocrisy, – these are all false ways, and therefore not only to be shunned, but to be abhorred.”
Hate can sometimes be the flip-side of love. If one truly loves God passionately, he will also passionately hate what God hates. Hate in this form can be a powerful force for good.
Steam locomotives may sound antiquated and ineffectual in today’s economy, but few people know that the old steam locomotives were more powerful than three modern diesel locomotives. The heart of their power, of course, is steam.
Steam, as I have learned, is water turned to gas. Steam is that clear vapor which exists between the visible mist that we can see and the hot water. When water is heated to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, steam builds to take up a lot more space that it’s liquid state. This expansion is harnessed by the locomotive to give it the incredible pulling power of two dozen or more railcars up and over rugged terrains like that of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the vast plains and deserts of America. It is a remarkably powerful force.
Just as steam gives power to a great locomotive, hatred for sin and falsehood, produce remarkable power to a follower of Christ. But, unfortunately, such an assertion is most often quickly dismissed as a relic of old-fashioned religion, with no place in today’s spiritual economy. Nevertheless, the truth is the more we boil for the Lord, the greater the force we are for his service.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rev. Mark H. Creech