I was talking with a well-known and long-time journalist not long ago who had covered Richard Butler and also other “hate” groups and people in northern Idaho. Butler headed the Aryan Nations group at one time. The journalist told me that north Idaho was “ground zero” for “hate” group activity and, of course, raised a heightened sensitivity to “White supremacy” among some Idahoans. “Hate” was, and is, a hot topic.
My Personal “Hate” Label
Since I am all over the internet by virtue of my websites and books, I attracted the attention of some of the locals. I did not make it a point to invite attention to myself, I can assure you. I prefer to go about my business and be left alone, but a few liberal radicals here have made it their business to try to “expose” me with the White supremacy” and “hate” labels. They have caused serious defamation of character to me and spread false judgment publicly. They made it clear I was not welcome and intended to run me out of town. Not one of these self-righteous yahoos ever once contacted me or met me. It’s the “name and shame” tactic coupled with the “hit and run” cover. They have zero integrity. Cowards!
Well, I’m still here and am not going anywhere. They would freely tag me with the “hate” word, but I wonder if they realize how much they hate me. But be that as it is, let’s let the Bible discuss “hate.” Yes, hate is in the Bible. It may be a revelation for some to learn that while God is love, He also hates.
How the Bible Uses “Hate”
The Hebrew word translated “hate” is sane (pronounced saw-nay). It means “to hate, personally…to hate … to be an enemy… adversary, foe, shunned, to detest.” The equivalent Greek word is miseo and means “to detest.” Biblical “hate” is very strong and intense. Here are some representative ways “hate” is used in the Bible:
Do not hate the brethren (in the context of fellow Israelites)
“You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him.” – Leviticus 19:17
“The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.” – I John 2:9
“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” – I John 3:15
Hating evil, injustice, falsehood
“I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.” – Psalm 26:5
“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of joy above Your fellows.” – Psalm 45:7
“Hate evil, you who love the LORD, who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.” – Psalm 97:10
“For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?” - Psalm 139:21-22
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.” – Proverbs 8:13
What God hates
“You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.” – Deuteronomy 12:31
“The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity.” – Psalm 5:5
“The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.” – Psalm 11:5
“There are six things which the LORD hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies and one who spreads strife among brothers.” – Proverbs 16:16-19
“For I, the LORD, love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering; and I will faithfully give them their recompense and make an everlasting covenant with them.” – Isaiah 61:8
“Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,” declares the LORD. – Zechariah 8:17
Who God hates
“...but I have hated Esau, and I have made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness.” – Malachi 1:3
God hates and commands His holy covenant people to hate – hate those who hate God and His Law, and all who practice unrighteousness.
Uncomfortable, yes? We’re simply not used to it. Why? We live in a tolerance and inclusion culture. Don’t criticize anyone. Let’s just love everybody. It feels good. It’s comfortable … and “hate” is very uncomfortable.
Biblical Hate Today
Biblical hate is correctly directed toward detesting lawlessness and those who oppose God’s laws and the chaos, disorder, violence, destructiveness and death that brings.
Biblical hate separates between right and wrong and good and bad, bringing into sharp focus discernment and conviction. Righteous hate preserves the good and shuns evil as revealed in the Bible.
Now, let’s bring biblical hate home.
- Those who promote and unrepentingly participate in sexual perversion (homosexual behavior, pedophilia, sex slave trade, transgender, et al) – hate God and God hates them.
- Those prosecutors who deceptively withhold vital information to convict the innocent – hate God and God hates them.
- Those judges who take bribes or show partiality to condemn the innocent – hate God and God hates them.
- Those who deliberately lie for unjust gain – hate God and God hates them.
- Those who advocate equality, diversity and multiculturalism – hate God and God hates them.
- Those who knowingly and falsely defame another in order to cause harm to another’s name and reputation – hate God and God hates them.
- Those who seek to overthrow national sovereignty, its people and its laws for the advancement of global government – hate God and God hates them.
- Those who hold public office and have taken a sacred oath to uphold the law of the land and refuse to expose and try to correct violations of God’s Laws - hate God and God hates them.
You might be able to add a few more to this list.
But the bottom line is, Jesus said if you love your life you will lose it. If you hate your life in this world, you will keep it to eternal life (John 12:25).
No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. – Luke 16:13
Who do you serve?
Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv