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:
- 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
In addition, God also detests the person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Two important aspects of God’s ‘hate talk’:
- The six things that God hates are ‘actions’, not people.
- 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