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“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15; also see Matt. 5:21-22).
Our culture labels those who take certain unpopular stands as “haters.” There are forms of hatred, such as racism, which fully deserve our condemnation, because we are all equally human beings made in God’s image (Acts 17:26; Gal. 3:28). But some of us are unjustly labeled as “haters” because we don’t affirm homosexual marriage, transgender identity, or other beliefs widely held by some segments of society.
Ironies - Label - Belief - Love - People
There are multiple ironies in our being given this label. One is our belief that we are showing love to people as we seek to deliver them from a lifestyle which will bring ruin to their present lives and judgment for eternity. While there are some Christians who express their disagreements in sinfully hateful ways, most Christians seek to gently and kindly state our views. We may disagree with their lifestyles, but we love them as fellow human beings made in the image of God. Another irony is that those who label us as haters are often very hateful to us. As they accuse others of being haters through social media, public demonstrations, and even their t-shirts, they say nasty (and usually untrue) things about those who disagree with them.
Sadly, this attitude which is so widespread in society has infected the church to some extent. Rather than engaging in a constructive dialogue with those with whom they disagree, some label others as haters, thus precluding any meaningful discussion. One example of this would be how some view the role of women in the church and in the home. I have seen Christians who believe in the egalitarian position (which says that women are free to hold any office and...
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