Have you ever said this phrase? I know I have. On the surface it sounds nice but it’s not as loving as we might think.
The more I think about it, the more I believe that Ghandi got this one wrong. I’m sure his heart was in the right place but bumpersticker theology too often over-simplifies an issue.
Think of the last time you really struggled with some kind of sin. Remember how it began to define you? That’s because when we’re stuck in that place, what we do becomes our identity. Now picture someone coming up to you saying that they hate what you do.
They may as well have just said, “I hate you.”
Part of my job as the communications director of my church is to manage our social media accounts. I’m on it every day for the church and also for my own personal accounts. If someone came up to me and said social media is evil and I hate it, I might take it a little personally. Not because it defines me but because I believe in it and use it every day. Now imagine if I DID let it define me!
In an effort to be truth bearers, we have a tendency to minimize the value of love. It becomes an afterthought. The most important thing that others know is how right we are. Then once that has been established, we can also let them know that we love them.
Most people don’t hear anything past hate.
What if we loved people right where they were? What if the most important thing wasn’t being right but extending love? How much more would people be transformed?
When we love with an agenda, we come off as used car salesmen. But when we love for love’s sake, hearts can’t help but to be transformed.
Maybe we should let God hate the sin and stick to loving people.
What are your thoughts on this phrase? Do you use it?