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A Hateful Post

Every year, Lake Superior State University publishes a ���List of Banished Words.��� These are words that literate, articulate folks are sick of hearing misused or overused by the rest of you troglodytes. I was pleased to see that ���amazing��� has finally made the list for 2012.

There is another word I���d like to see banished: ���hater.��� I hate it, misused as it is. Let me begin with the least important reason to do away with it: it is grammatically stupid. The word ���hater��� cannot stand by itself; it must be preceded by its object (dog hater, cat hater) or followed by a prepositional phrase, as we see it in Scripture: ���haters of the Lord��� (Psalm 81:15 KJV), ���haters of God��� (Romans 1:30 KJV/NASB/ESV), ���haters of good��� (2 Timothy 3:3 NASB). To simply call someone a hater is to accuse them of misomania (hatred of everything), or at least misanthropy (hatred of mankind), which would be an absurd interpretation of the current popular use of the word. The writers���if I may compliment them with such an unearned title���clearly mean hatred of something specific, yet they are too lazy or stupid to say what. Or maybe they are not too lazy or stupid, but, knowing what they mean, leave the specific charge unexpressed in hopes of avoiding a direct challenge to that specific charge. Either way, it���s contemptible.

Grammatical pedantry aside, there is a much more serious offense involved. There is a time to hate (Ecclesiastes 3:8), but that hatred for which there is a time is hatred of sin (e.g. Proverbs 3:15). But we know that���s not what���s in mind here. All other hatred is sin. John���s first epistle has something to say about this:

The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. ���2:9���11

We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. ���3:14���15

If someone says, ���I love God,��� and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. ���4:20

The hater is one who: In other words, the hater is not saved. He is a lost soul, outside of Christ, on the road to hell. That is what you are saying when you call ���hater.���

Tell me, then: if you really believe those who irritate you so are unsaved, what is the correct response? Is it the defiant sarcasm of a snotty teenager, or would an evangelist���s compassion be more in order? But you don���t really care, do you? Because your charge of hating wasn���t spoken in love; it didn���t come out of a heart for truth. It was just an expression of annoyance to someone who challenged you, who had the gall to suggest that you were wrong, who made the audacious claim that there is right and wrong, and found you in the wrong. ���Hater��� is just your way of saying ���you���re not the boss of me!��� and ���shut up and leave me alone!���

It���s really all about you, isn���t it?

Posted 2012·01·30 by David Kjos
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#1 || 12·01·30··16:55 || Joshua S.

>>Hater is just your way of saying shut up and leave me alone! Its really all about you, isnt it?

Ouch. Steven Furtick's gonna hate that. Hatefully. For hating on Furtick's vague use of the word "hater" (which I also hate) I commend you. Good job, sir.

#2 || 12·01·30··19:46 || Phil Johnson

It seems we all hate haters. Well said.

#3 || 12·01·30··19:51 || David Paul Regier

Hah! Vaycay didn't make the list!

#4 || 12·01·30··20:52 || scottlac

Is this guy a real human being? He looks like a caricature. Sorta like Guy Smiley.

#5 || 12·01·31··05:42 || Sara

Wow...I got a real creepy feeling watching that video. The fellow gives of a demonic vibe in his sneering-snideness. This is a pastor? I pray for his church.

#6 || 12·02·01··06:55 || Clay


#7 || 12·02·01··10:21 || Andrew

Sara, yes i know what you mean, its very creepy with a demonic vibe. The masonic/sun worship style of lighting effects stand out as apparant too as well as the sparklies. Its way over produced and the performance is way over the top and exagerated, it puts Jim Carey to shame who it reminds me of too. like Jim Carey on steroids.

#8 || 12·02·05··03:18 || Mike Gantt

I accept the general thrust of your post. However, everyone is going to heaven. Those of us who know and love our Lord Jesus must love in the face of hate so that the world might know of His great love toward us.

#9 || 12·02·05··06:45 || David Kjos

Why, Mike? If everyone is going to heaven, why bother?

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