Love Trumps Hate is Not Biblical and Here’s Why

love-trumps-hate-explanationLove Trumps Hate is not biblical and here’s why: its meaning is entirely dependent upon its object.  The verbs Love and Hate take on a different meaning when applied to different concepts. 

Fill in the blank:  Love _______ Trumps Hate ________.  Apply the words to both blanks… injustice, murder, pizza, sin, Jesus, climate change, paychecks, Bernie, Trump, etc. 

Do you see how the meaning of Love Trumps Hate changes depending on how you feel about the object?

About who and what you love.  Christians, particularly, need to develop some discernment about this.  

It’s easy to get sucked in to something that sounds as good as Love Trumps Hate.  But it’s not biblical and Christians need to see it for what it is.

As we continue to ponder Francis A. Schaeffer’s The Mark of the Christian as being our observable love for our brothers and sisters in the family of God, we need to know what it means to love.  And what we ought to love.

Psalm 52:1  Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? 2 Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit. 3

You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Selah

4 You love every harmful word, O you deceitful tongue! 5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah 6 The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at him, saying, 7 “Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!” 8 But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. 9 I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.

God thinks it’s important to know what you love and what you hate … and why.  It doesn’t end well for those who love evil and love the lie.  Therefore make it a point to discard the Love Trumps Hate poster and hold the banner of Christ instead remembering the words of Jesus Himself: 

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Categories Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on November 14, 2016

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