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Psalm 15:4 Despising the Vile Person

January 7, 2021 | by: Gregg Hunter | 1 comments

Posted in: The Psalms

One of the more popular maxims among modern Christians is the slogan “hate the sin but love the sinner.” Many Christians believe that we are called to love everyone, even though we might hate some of the wicked deeds that they do. After all, Jesus said that we are to love even our enemies. Surely then, no matter how wicked a person may be, we should love them, right?

Wrong!

First, think about this practically. Think of some of the most evil people in history: Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Kim Jong-Sung, Osama Bin Laden, Joseph Stalin. Do you love these people? Of course not! Does that make you a bad Christian? Of course not! But, doesn’t the Bible teach us that we should hate the sin but love the sinner? Of course not! That isn’t a Bible verse; it isn’t found anywhere in Holy Scripture.

The idea that Jesus is just some all-loving God who takes no regard of people’s wickedness is completely unbiblical.

Psalm 5:5 clearly declares of God, “you hate all evildoers.”

God commands us “do not devise evil in your hearts… for all these things I hate, declares the Lord.”

As a follower of God, David boldly proclaimed “I hate the assembly of evil doers.”

The Lord commanded us through Amos, “Hate evil, and love good” (Amos 5:15).

For someone to truly follow after God, they must hate evil. Proverbs 8:13 says, “the fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.”

Psalm 97:10 encourages us, “O you who love the Lord, hate evil!”

And our Psalm of the week, Psalm 15, says in verse 4 that the person who will dwell on God’s holy hill is the one “in whose eyes a vile person is despised.”

These verses do not tell us that we are to despise a vile person’s actions, while loving them; we are to hate evil, hate evildoers, and fear God while hating what He hates.

When an innocent young girl is raped, we hate the rapist. When a crowd of people are assassinated, we hate their murderer. When a building is blown up, we hate the bombers, and those who convinced them they were doing the right thing. When a politician prays to the true God of the Bible and a plethora of other 'gods' as well, we hate the assimilation of evil.

Think of the emotions you experience when you watch an action movie. We love to cheer for the good guys in the movie to capture the bad guys, kill the bad guys in a war, blow them up with special gadgets, or do whatever it takes to secure the victory. Because we hate evil, just like God.

One day, God will demonstrate His hatred toward evil. He has done it before. The world became so wicked that God wiped out every living creature with a global flood. A day is coming when God will once again destroy the world—this time with fire instead of water.

Don't get me wrong, as Christians, we pray that our enemies will turn to Christ, we pray that lost sinners will repent of their evil deeds, we sorrow and mourn for those who refuse to submit to Christ. But, at the same time, we look forward to the day when God will judge the world in righteousness. Murderers, rapists, blasphemers, abusers, cheaters, and sinners of all kinds will finally get the justice that they are due. Because we hate evil like God hates evil, we will celebrate with Him when evildoers are thrown into the lake of fire.

God will finally set all things right and we will finally be able to live in a world where there is no more sin—a perfect world where we will dwell in perfect bodies with our perfect Savior forever. O, how we look forward to that day when evil will be destroyed and those who fear the Lord will be honored!

1 COMMENTS

Jenny Balzano

Jan 7, 2021

I recall growing up. My Mom would tell me that I should not say the word hate. She even went so far as to wash my mouth out with soap because I may have said that I hated my sibling. Obviously, I had strong feelings but hatred was not appropriate in this context.
This blog causes me to reflect on the current political situation and the condition of our nation. Dave Ramsey summed it up by saying ‘we have become a nation that has lost its collective mind.’ “We are living in an upside down world where right is wrong, wrong is right, where moral is immoral and immoral is moral, where good is evil and evil is good, where killing murderers is wrong but killing innocent babies is right.” There is so much evil lurking. So much Godlessness. I feel so much sadness but also hatred for these injustices. I try to remove myself from the noise and focus on the quiet: soaking in the good and reading his word. I yearn for a perfect world with perfect peace and God is on the throne being worshipped and glorified. ‘What a day that will be”!

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