Psalm 139:21-22 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
Oftentimes, Christians are maligned as “hatemongers.” When we proclaim what the word of God says, people dismiss it as hate-speech. They tell us God is a god of love and we need to love everyone and accept them as they are. It is true that God is love – but he also hates some things. As the psalmist, us “hatemongers” need to learn how to hate with perfect hatred.
What should we hate?
We should hate those that hate God – those that are God’s enemies.
Who are God’s enemies?
- those that oppose Israel
Psalm 83:2-5 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. 3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. 4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
- those who contunue in sin
Psalm 68:21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.
- unreconciled (unsaved)
Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
- friend of the world
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Who hates God?
- those who do not keep his commandments
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
- those that bow down to false gods
Deuteronomy 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
- the world (unsaved or those that reject Jesus)
John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
These are the people we should hate with a perfect hatred. Now, that does not mean we are to be mean to them or try to hurt them. Rather, we should try to convert them so that they are no longer an enemy of God.
James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.