The mainstream media and entertainment industry would have Christians believe that being intolerant, discriminatory and hateful are bad things. This is a neutralizing tactic that they have learned to use to make Christians sit down and shut up. If someone musters up courage to speak Biblical truth proclaimed to our culture, their zeal is neutralized with statements like “You are a bigot…you are intolerant…you are homophobic…hate is not a family value!” And why would they stop when it seems to work every time? I mean really, does anyone want to be called hateful or intolerant? Only judgmental and mean people act like that, right?
A Christian’s first and final authority in all areas of life is to be the Holy Bible. Jesus Christ is the great Judge, Lawgiver, and King (Isaiah 33:22), Governor among the nations (Psalm 22:28), Ruler of the kings of the earth (Revelation 1:5). In light of these verses Christians must hate what he hates, and love what he loves. They must exhibit, as closely as possible the character of our Triune God. One of the perfections of God is his holiness. His holiness demands hatred and wrath against sin, which is anything against his character. Because God hates sin he unreservedly discriminates against it, he is absolutely intolerant of it and commands His children, who love him, to do the same.
Ye that love the LORD, HATE evil (Psalm 97:10).
Through your precepts I get understanding: therefore I HATE every false way (Psalm 119:104)
I esteem all your precepts concerning all things to be right; and I HATE every false way (Psalm 119:128).
I HATE and ABHOR lying: but your law do I love (Psalm 119:163).
The fear of the LORD is to HATE evil: pride, arrogance, the evil way, and a perverted mouth do I Hate (Proverbs 8:13).
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19).
Jesus approves of the hatred the church of Ephesus has for the deeds of the Nicolaitanes. He tells them that he also hates their evil behavior (Revelation 2:6).
So according to scripture, intolerance, discrimination and hate, are not in themselves bad things. Discrimination against behavior that involves theft, murder, perjury, libel, rape, homosexuality, pedophilia, vandalism, etc. is a good thing. It can although become sinful if the object of that hatred or discrimination is not something that God condemns as evil in the Bible. The Bible says “be angry and sin not (Ephesians 4:26).” Since God alone, in the Bible, distinguishes right from wrong and defines crime and punishment, we as Christians must follow the same definitions. If Christ’s definitions of good and evil are not boldly and wisely applied to our culture then humanism will gladly come in and influence every area of society and call good, evil and evil good. And that is what is happening today. Christians must again be vehement and determined in their discrimination against evil behavior. They must be open in acknowledging God’s hatred of specific sins and live in a way that pleases God even if we offend the ungodly. Christians must study the Word of God diligently to know what is right and wrong. Once they are confident of what the Law of God condemns or approves of, no more will they back down or be put to silence when the neutralizing statements of the anti-Christians come their way.
“Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it (Psalm 127:1).”
Rob Baird, is a husband, father and street evangelist in Richmond, VA.