Jesus Christ hated sin, but he loved sinners enough to confront them about their sin and loved us enough to die for our sins. Genuine believers in Christ follow that example. I think it’s important for us Christians to keep highlighting that truth since we live in a time where that truth is distorted by everyone from atheists to religious progressives to white supremacists and every false doctrine in between.
It was brought to light recently that Twitter is exploding with a flood of white supremacists spewing hatred toward non-whites or whites who embrace non-whites. Many white supremacists, like those in the KKK, (as well as other racists, including some racist blacks or Hispanics) claim they represent Christianity. Then we have religious progressives in churches who hate genuine Christians and call them haters for clinging to sound, biblical doctrine by standing against sins such as abortion, gay rights, and false religion. At the opposite end of that spectrum are groups like Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, and their false teaching that Christians should hate sinners, specifically homosexuals and those who back them.
Another example of hate is displayed in the United Church of Canada, where an atheist “pastor” and her church plan to dispute a ruling by a review committee that wants to defrock her for her hatred towards God and ridicule of those who follow him. According to her doctrine, when it comes to caring for others, people “create this positive power within ourselves and that that’s God, but that it’s entirely dependent upon us. It doesn’t come from the supernatural realm, we can’t make things better by praying to another realm.”
If we know God’s word, we can discern these people are simply impostors of Christianity by looking at what John said in 1 John 3:10-16:
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
Haters gonna hate. But their hatred for others has no place in God’s kingdom and they are as evil as Cain with their hatred. The Godhead has called us and sanctified us to show genuine love, especially for our Christian siblings regardless of what they look like or what ethnic or socioeconomic group they belong to. If we encounter a “Christian” group that teaches otherwise, I think it’s best to run from them.