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Biblical Guidelines for ‘Hate Talk’

Does it bother you when people accuse you of ‘hate talk’?

In the news we hear a lot about ‘hate talk’. This usually happens to Christians when they talk about what God has told us to talk about. It usually comes from a person who refuses to believe what the Bible teaches.

What is ‘hate talk’? We usually consider hate talk as any talk that opposes the ideals of the person to whom we are talking. God was the first one to talk about ‘hate talk’. This is what the writer of Proverbs says in the Proverbs 6:16-19:

There are six things the Lord hates,seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. Proverbs 6:16-19(NIV)

Did you get that? God hates six actions:

  1. haughty eyes,
  2. a lying tongue,
  3. hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. a heart that devises wicked schemes,
  5. feet that are quick to rush into evil,
  6. a false witness who pours out lies

In addition, God also detests the person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Two important aspects of God’s ‘hate talk’:

  1. The six things that God hates are ‘actions’, not people.
  2. People can be detestable to God, but God still loves them.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16(NIV)

We are to love people just as Jesus loved them.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 7-12(NIV)

Being accused of ‘hate talk’ should be an encouragement to Christians if we are following God example. However, if we are talking about outsiders (non-believers), we need to repent because we are not showing them God’s love.

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6(NIV)

 

NOTE: Scripture used in this blog was downloaded from Biblegateway.com

Are You Responsible for the Actions of Others?

Many people in society today are so busy trying to control everyone else’s actions that they forget to take care of their own actions.

Moses was faced with a similar situation with the Children of Israel. There came a point when God was giving Moses the ten commandments. Moses and God had been discussing the Law in Mount Sinai. The Children of Israel got tired of waiting for Moses to come back down the mountain, they decided to complain to Aaron.

Aaron, in all of his political correctness asked the people to bring their gold to him and he would make them a god, a golden calf. He even made an altar beside the golden calf so they could make sacrifices to the golden calf.

When Moses and God heard the commotion, they became angry. Moses went down the mountain with the two tablets of stone containing the ten commandments in his hand. When He saw what was going on, he threw the tablets down and they broke into pieces.

After Moses destroyed the golden calf and spread the pieces of the calf on the water, he made the people drink the water. He then disciplined Aaron, then judged the people. He asked the people who wanted to follow God to come to him. Only the Levites had the desire to serve God. The rest of the people were destroyed.

Was Moses responsible for the decisions of the people? No. Moses was called to lead the Children of Israel to the promised land. Each of the children had to make their own decisions regarding following God’s directions.

In spite of the problems the Children had, Exodus 33:11 says Moses had an intimate relationship with God. They talked face to face as friends would talk. The reason they could have those talks was because Moses was doing what God told him to do.

We can be so concerned about the actions of other Christians, Church leaders, Government leaders, etc. that we forget to do the things God is asking us to do. Our actions are our responsibility!

Moses did not get discouraged from doing God’s work because of the actions of the Children of Israel.  In fact, he became a better leader because of those actions.

Moses asked God for three things in Exodus 33:12-23. When Moses saw the ‘burning bush’, he surrendered to God by saying Here I am. Now Moses was ready for another step in his walk with God.

  1. Moses asked God to teach him God’s ways so he could know God better.
  2. Moses asked God to go with him because if God didn’t go with him, people would not be able to see the difference between him and the other people of the world.
  3. Moses asked God to show him God’s glory.

God answered Moses by saying that He would do everything that Moses had asked.

If you are discouraged because of the actions of others, you need to do as Moses did: Ask God to teach you His ways, to go with you, and to show you His glory. If you do these things, you too will have an intimate relationship with God. You will be looking for His glory and not your own glory.