“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
This is something most Christians, and most non-Christians, do not like to discuss … at least in the Western culture.
This is not the hatred people like those from Westboro Baptist Church preach. They preach that God wants to send people to Hell, that God hates you because of your choices.
One of my most favorite definitions of evil is “the absence of God.” Therefore, God hates those things that separates God from us.
You can take pride in something, in that you take joy in something (something most people mean). The pride that is evil is when it elevates us or something to the place of God.
This is the problem with Gay Pride parades. This is the problem with much of the sports world. This is the problem with Hollywood. This is the problem with some patriotism (not just for the USA. The Nazi’s and Russians proved during the 20th Century what patriotism gone crazy can do).
Pride elevates and celebrates everything more than it should be, especially if it is something that should not be celebrated. The first thing that comes to mind is being a “player”, or simply being sexually promiscuous. Our society has done an amazing job of promoting sex.
The by-product of pride is arrogance. Why does God hate arrogance?
Arrogance says “I am better than you! I can do this better than everyone! I know what I am doing!”
This might be true, but this is like saying “I am better, and you are worthless.”
Many Christians throughout the centuries have been guilty of this, as well.
These are the Christians who look down on non-Christians for being impure and sinful (Luke 18:9-14).
These are the Christians who have stood outside of abortion clinics calling women sluts and sinners.
These are the Christians who say they believe the only right way to believe.
The Evil Way, The Froward
It is easy to see that it can be quite easy to stray.
The evil way is any way that is against or not with God.
A froward mouth does not have to use “four-letter words”, but can be the one who promotes evil, praises the self, or blasphemes God.
Blasphemy of God includes cursing and swearing, sure; but it also includes denigrating others, false teachings, or even bad teachings.
All of these God hates.
But God never hates you. Period.
Dear Lord, teach us to hate what You hate. Teach us to love all people regardless of their actions and words. Strengthen us to follow the right path – Your path.