What God Hates
Tuesday - October 6th
Scripture to Read Today: Proverbs 6:1-35
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Right now, in our politically charged pre-election world, both sides seek to claim God is on their side. Each side tries to declare we are against this or that because God hates it. Just today, I saw two ads for two candidates who are both seeking the same office. In one way or another, both ads made a claim that God saw things the same way they saw something. Don't get me wrong, there are political ramifications to what the Bible teaches. There are things that God hates in our current political environment.
When God chose to make a list of the things he hates, His list was clear. There can be no mistaking what He thinks about some specific things. Proverbs 6:16-19 starts out with a particular declaration: "There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him." No question that these seven things should be shunned entirely in the lives of God's children.
The first thing God hates is "haughty eyes." Somewhere along the way, I came across a simple explanation of "haughty eyes." "To have haughty eyes is to have an arrogant demeanor; it's an overall attitude of one's heart that causes one to scorn or 'look down on' others." God hates pride and arrogance. That is clear.
Second, God hates "a lying tongue." No explanation is needed. When you tell people things that are not true, you have a lying tongue. Our God is a God of truth. He hates deception.
Third, "hands that shed innocent blood" provides a picturesque way to describe murder. It should come as no surprise to any of us that the God of life hates those who take life.
Over the years, as I have watched news programs such as 60 Minutes, Dateline, or 20/20, I have always been shocked when they tell the details of an elaborate murder story. Something in me cringes when I hear the story of how someone plotted to murder their own spouse, parent, or child. Planning something so evil and heinous months and years ahead suggests someone has a very dark, cold heart. The fourth thing God hates is "a heart that devises wicked schemes."
The fifth thing God despises is the reverse of evil scheming. God hates the impulsive "feet that are quick to rush into evil." Without elaborate plans, we can easily get caught up in the moment and do something vile. Sometimes we hear the media tag a murder or other awful crime, "a crime of passion." God despises thoughtless, impulsive, wicked actions.
The sixth thing God hates is "a false witness who pours out lies." This goes beyond the 2nd things God hates, a lying tongue. A false witness who pours out lies can be anyone guilty of gossip, back-biting, or slander. This kind of person shares words that destroy and undermine others. God hates it when we do that.
Seventh, God hates actions and words that undermine the unity of believers. He knows how destructive disunity and division can be to a local body of believers. A local church becomes ineffective if it has schisms or a divisive spirit. God loves it when His children live in unity. The New Testament includes over 50 "One Another" commands for us. They are designed to promote unity. It is no wonder that the God who challenges us to love, pray for, encourage, and confront one another seeks our unity in Christ.
Do you hate what God hates? Are there any of these that you see as a struggle in your life? If so, confess them. Change the way you think and behave by finding Scriptures that will help you grow beyond that thing or things God hates!
As the followers of Jesus Christ, we should hate the things God hates. We should also love the things God loves!