Lent 2013 – day 14

26 Feb

Psalm 139:19-22
If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

Ever heard the phrase “Love the sinner, hate the sin”? David clearly hadn’t! But that’s not particularly surprising, given that it was said after he had died. Mind you, both Jesus and his Apostles would never have heard it either, because it was said long after the Apostles had died and Jesus had ascended into Heaven. The phrase was originally said, about 1900 years later, by Mahatma Ghandi!

So does this mean that we should be as David is in these verses? Should we hate the sinner as well as the sin?

Well, first we should look to the example of Jesus. His actions show us that He ate with sinners. And His words were “Love your neighbour as yourself”, which he called the second greatest commandment. And Jesus then told a story that said that even a sinner is our neighbour.
Then we can read what Paul tells us in Romans 5 chapter 8:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

So if we are called to live lives like Christ, the we should be happy to eat with sinners (people who do things that break relationship with God) and show love to them, remembering that Jesus did this for us. We are not to join in their sin, but neither are we to reject them. Why? Because we are among them! And God does not reject us!

Search me, O God, and know my heart;test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,and lead me in the way everlasting.


2 Responses to “Lent 2013 – day 14”

  1. Dave Chesney February 26, 2013 at 08:44 #

    Phil, agree. But be careful when talking about sinners as ‘them’ and not ‘us’.

    • youthpasta February 26, 2013 at 09:00 #

      I agree. This is what I was hinting at with my quote from Romans. I shall amend to make more clear.

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