Sermon Notes

November 13, 2015

Love What God Loves, Hate What God Hates

We live in a society of acceptance where moral boundaries have been cast into the sea. Even the church has often chosen to stay silent on contemporary issues so not to offend. This is wrong. We are a lover of people. But is staying mute on these issues really loving them? No. If we love people, we long for their freedom.

We are living in perilous days. Our Supreme Court has attempted to redefine marriage. Our government has chosen to continue funding Planned Parenthood, which admittedly has performed a plethora of partial-birth abortions. If that isn’t bad enough, they also admitted to harvesting body parts for profit. As a society, we have impersonalized these issues. Too many of us are guilty of living disconnected and silent.

If we don’t take a stand, we are essentially saying these things do not matter to us. And they must matter!

Many of you know, less than a year ago I was promoted to the greatest role yet. “G-Daddy.” Amelia Jude came barreling into our world and flipped it upside down, surprising us with how deeply we could love such a little thing. However, along with that love, naturally, comes disdain for anything that may try to cause her harm, trap her or lead her down the wrong path. When you truly love someone, this healthy level of contempt is imminent.

It is no different with our heavenly father.

Proverbs 8:13 NKJV says, “To fear God is to hate evil.” If we truly call ourselves Christians, we must not only love what God loves, but we must hate what He hates. This does not give us license to ever act hateful towards any individual; in fact we must love them deeper. It is the kindness of God that draws people into repentance. But we also cannot turn a blind eye towards the truths explicitly laid out for us in scripture.

We can no longer sit on our hands on these issues. It is time to wake up and speak up! Let us love more fiercely than we have ever before and let us pray for our nation as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.  They really do.