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Aren’t you tired of hearing about “Hate Speech”, and big government’s attempt to control it? Now I believe a lot of speech is “hateful” and not of any value. I also believe speech can be used to incite crime. However, I believe the present trend to pass laws against so called “Hate Speech” is really a move towards not only “thought-policing”, but an attack against moral standards at their very core.
“Hate! That’s a strong word, Judah Ben Hur! I came here to visit a friend; it seems I found an enemy! So be it, Judah Ben Hur, live the life of a slave you were meant to be!” These were the words from a play that stuck with me ever since my freshman year in high school. Though childhood friends, Roman Messala, and Jewish Judah Ben Hur, had grown apart as they reached adulthood and Judah now expressed his resentments at the mistreatment of his people by the Romans. Yes, hate is a strong word, normally reserved for the strongest of despising sentiments, though often glibly used for distaste for everything from certain foods to other sundry circumstances.
However, because there truly does exist evil in this world, hate must exist also. Solomon wrote: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: …A time to love, and a time to hate;” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 8) Consider other timeless statements from God’s Word, the Bible:
“I have hated the congregation of evildoers” – Ps. 26:5
“I have hated them that regard lying vanities” – Ps. 31:6
“Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness” – Ps. 45:7
“Ye that love the LORD, hate evil” – Ps. 97:10
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside” – Ps. 101:3
“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” – Ps. 119:104
“These six things doth the LORD hate:” – Proverbs 6:16
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” – Proverbs 8:13
“A righteous man hateth lying:” Proverbs 13:5
“So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.” – Rev. 2:15
It is clear in the Holy Scriptures that God hates evil in all its forms. It is clear also that we are to have the same hatred towards anything that separates us from the righteousness and the communion we are to have with God. No one expects someone to be “okay” with cancer, or some other disease, as it ravages the body of a loved one. We are not expected to accept child abuse, to tolerate rape, theft, murder, or any other crime. We rightfully hate what these crimes do to us, to our loved ones, and to society. Yet all crime comes from a corrupt nature – one that doesn’t fear God or His righteous moral standards. To fear God is to hate evil. To stand in awe of a righteous, yet loving and merciful Father God who paid the awful price of our sins through His Son, Jesus, is the basis of wisdom; and it will lead to hating evil – to hating what God hates. God hates sin because it separates us from Him. It is contrary to Who He is. He is the measure of absolutes, the moral compass for all of Creation. His Word tells us that not only is sin wrong, but it will destroy us in the end – “The wages of sin is death…” (Rom. 6:23)
Just as I should hate, despise, and avoid illegal drugs for what they are and do, so should I hate sin for what it does. Notice in the Scriptures above that God also hates lies, vanities, and false doctrines. Lying is sin, yet false teaching is much more subtle, yet still lies, and false “doctrine”. If we express our “hate” for a sinful “lifestyle”, we are merely standing opposed to sin at its core, and against the disseminators of false doctrine who would have us believe that it’s “okay”. I will continue to “hate” any teaching that leads to destruction of lives, that leads away from strong families, and that ultimately leads away from God, and to perdition.
If someone told your children that it was not only “okay”, but even a viable “lifestyle”, to play in a busy avenue, would you not be irate? Would you not hate the fact that they were lying to your children, and would you not hate what their teaching was standing for? Certainly you would speak out most vehemently against their words and actions, and rightfully so. And no one in his or her right mind would condemn you for doing so. Yet here we have vocal minorities in our country telling us and our children (with our government’s approval) that sinful lifestyles that lead to disease, destruction, and distance from God, must be protected, promoted, and provided for. And then if we speak against it, that’s “hate speech”, something not to be tolerated itself! Not only is this absurd, it flies in the face of common sense – wisdom itself.
Yes, there are things, ideas, and teachings, which merit “hate”. It is high time we bring back some common sense to this country of ours. It is high time for us to stand up and declare evil to be evil, to call attention to false teachings and destructive habits and lifestyles – to decry them for what they are. If that is “hate speech”, then we should be “guilty as charged”, and not be bullied into silence by those who would suppress the truth.
God bless!
Prof. Phil Lewis

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