“Why do you say that about yourself, Riley?”
Well you see, “love” is the one thing in this world that still surprises people. One can do any form of evil, but we’re not that startled by it really. We are well aware of the evils that exist within each one of us — each of us, capable of anything. What moves us, is when somebody actually acts in love. It’s completely unnatural to all of us. It’s hard work. I’m simply working at it.
Love is an action, ya know? It’s something you do. If you do it enough it can become something you are, in a sense. However, I only know one who’s mastered that, and he’s the only reason I can call myself a “Lover.” Jesus Christ loved so fully and completely that he gave his perfect life to satisfy the justice that I deserved to satisfy and reconnect me to the perfect God. Now, that freedom has made it possible for me to receive and give this love as an outflow of God the Father’s very nature. Once a person has truly tasted and seen that He is good, the transformation begins… and continues.
“So why the ‘hater’ then? God doesn’t hate!”
Yea he does. Oh yes he does. Even scripture says that God hates. If one does not hate unrighteousness, then you do not truly love righteousness.
Where we go wrong here is our manifestations of hatred – we even hate from a place of unrighteousness. It’s a theology I’m still working out, but I believe in God’s perfect state of existence he does not yield “hate” and “love” as mutually exclusive or opposing. Most of our “hatreds” stem from selfish and sinful annoyances and desires of our own. This is why we usually only push people farther away. God’s hatreds do not exist as ours typically do.
This is why he can fully hate something, and someone, and still amazingly act in mercy towards them. In perfect love he continues to pour out grace upon grace to all of us undeservingly. The greatest act of his hatred would be to cease to call someone to himself, and then ultimately to separate himself – all goodness – completely from a person one day.
He has declared things he hates and he never backs down or changes his stance to accommodate anything or anyone. He also does not separate us from our actions apart from the atoning sacrifice of Christ. It’s not hip to be a hater these days. Why is that? I believe it’s not because we want love to win, but because we want to alleviate any moral reality that would force us to reckon with our selfishness. That’s a disguised and depraved form of wanting love to lose.
God’s hate (as ours should) desires for love to win. They do not oppose each other, but compliment. We are commanded to be as God is. Therefore, it would do us good to dwell on how to properly be a righteous, loving, “hater!”
“So, ‘Communicator’ then?”
Well, you see what I did there… By God’s grace we keep communicating his grace, any way possible, to as many as possible, until Christ returns. I’m still improving, but I aim to do that to the best I can, unashamedly.