It is not ‘hateful’ to be a Christian
Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.
If you replace the word truth with Judeo-Christian values, morality, or principles the above statement remains true. That’s because the new buzzword today for anyone that would stand and defend centuries-old, traditional values in the face of a radical, secular agenda is “hate.”
“You must be filled with hate because I (the accuser) don’t see any logical reason for you to disagree with my agenda!”
It’s not hateful to believe in God-given virtue and morality. But the narrative that it is hate has come to be true, nonetheless.
If you believe marriage to be a sacred (not secular) covenant before God between a man and a woman – that’s hate. If you say biological males should only use the men’s restroom – that’s hate. If you defend the rights of the unborn … you got it – that’s hate. The list goes on.
As we’ve written before, this is simply one of the radical tactics to eliminate traditional values in America, outlined in the book, “Rules for Radicals.” Here’s just one point: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.”
We saw the reality of this in the aftermath of last week’s election in Houston.
In Houston, the transgender bathroom ordinance (cleverly named HERO) was overwhelmingly repealed by Houstonians, thus rejecting open lesbian Mayor Anise Parker’s agenda to deconstruct traditional values.
The next day the New York Times ran a story titled, “In Houston, Hate Trumped Fairness.” According to the writer, Gov. Greg Abbot used “hateful rhetoric” when articulating his position. Of course, it’s illogical to think that his actions were, in fact, not motivated by hate but by something completely opposite.
Interestingly, after the Obergefell decision in June (declaring state-wide same sex marriage bans unconstitutional) a letter at the New York Times read, “Love Has Won.”
In the words of theologian Dr. Albert Mohler, the two sides are using the same vocabulary, but different dictionaries.
Surrendering the moral high ground in allowing the word “hate” to describe conservative values without pushback would be naïve, which is why we wanted to write a little history about this word.
In the 1st century, Nero Claudius Caesar was the emperor of Rome (AD 54-68). He was pretty whacked (mentally disturbed), as recorded by both secular and religious historians. Some record that he even started the great fire in Rome, burning significant portions of the city. Whether he did it or not isn’t the issue, what he did in response to the fire is key for us to know today.
Christianity was spreading throughout the Roman Empire as the Apostle Paul and others evangelized the Roman world. Yet Nero resented Christians because of their rejection of the divine status of the emperor and their refusal to worship Greco-Roman gods. These offenses he called abominations. So the fire in Rome provided the opportunity for him to try and rid the empire of Christian influence.
According to Tacitus, a secular 1st century historian, “Nero started the fire in Rome (AD 64), and to get rid of this rumor he falsely accused as the culprits and punished with the utmost refinement of cruelty a class hated for their abominations, who are commonly called ‘Christians.’ … Therefore, first those were seized who admitted their faith, and then, using the information they provided, a vast multitude were convicted, not so much for the crime of burning the city, but for their hatred of the human race.”
Interesting: “their hatred of the human race.”
As a result of the “hate narrative,” Christians were persecuted to the utmost degree for centuries in Rome, some of which is recorded in Hebrews 11. And yet, by the 4th century, the entire Roman Empire was powerfully impacted by the influence of Christianity.
Today, more than 17 centuries later, this ancient narrative has resurfaced. Though the persecution is entirely different and much more bearable, the narrative is exactly the same.
But we don’t buy it. As a matter of fact, we adamantly reject it and embrace the love of God for all people – just not all ideas and behaviors, which is the same philosophy as 1st century Christians in Rome.
It is not hateful to be a Christian, nor is it hateful to have conservative values. What’s hateful is to use ridicule, instead of logic, to characterize and demonize an entire group of people that believes God’s ways are best. Nothing has changed with us. What’s changed is the narrative.
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