God is very clear about the things He hates. He leaves no room for excuses or justification. He is a God of perfect justice. He will not tolerate sin. If He did, He would fail to be the Holy, righteous God Almighty of the Bible. The wages of our sin would cease to make sense. We should be thankful for His perfect standard. God is a judge and He will cast righteous judgment on all of humanity one day. Our eternal destiny and rewards are dependent on this judgment. What a thought! The world condemns God for His perfection and His intolerance of sin. The church degrades God by sugar-coating their pet sins. All of humanity shys away from the fact that He is indeed Judge. Honestly it is a frightening thought. Every wicked deed, whether forged secretly in the mind or played out in the open, will be bared in the sight of God.

Think of an earthly judge for a moment. Should we expect less than perfect judgment from Him? No. So why do we want the perfect Creator and Judge of the universe to be any different? We hate corruption. We want there to be a fair trial. We want to see justice done to the evil doer. If someone commits a crime, he should be punished accordingly. That is perfect judgment and this is what we will all see on the day of judgment.

So with that in mind, lets look at the things that the Lord hates in the context of abortion. This list is found in Proverbs 6:16-19. It says, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination to him:” I want to talk about two of these things listed. They are hateful abominations in the eyes of God. It is frightening to think that the world, including the majority of professing Christians are guilty of these very things. God’s eyes are never asleep. He sees every deed of man, whether it was done in darkness or the light. The third thing on the list resonates true with this culture of death that we live in. A people that destroy their own children on the alter of selfishness, convenience and pride.

hands that shed innocent blood,”

The blood of 57 million children are seared into these words of callous. God hates the hands that shed innocent blood. There is no getting around it. Why would we want to? The guilty live in ignorance to this fact and often the church helps hide it. Most people don’t know that God hates the murder they have committed. Abortion is the perfect picture of innocent blood being shed. Three thousand times a day this crime is committed and God hates it every time.

So what do we do about this? The wrath of Almighty God abides on our nation. Shouldn’t the American people be warned? As a Christian, our duty of love is clear; this nation must be shown her sin. She must be shown how heinous this sin is before God. She must be told that He hates abortion. She must be told that there is forgiveness through the blood of Christ. Who will tell them if we don’t? How shall they hear without a preacher? The answer is clear; they can’t.

If you stand up and publicly expose the evil, as Ephesians 5:11 commands, you will be called judgmental and “un-christ-like.” Phrases such as, “Is this what Jesus would have done?” or “The Bible says, judge not lest ye be judged!” become so predictable that you can hear them before the accusers opens their mouth. What does the Bible really say?

Zechariah 7:8-12 gives us a perfect picture of our world today.

And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying,

Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:

And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.

But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of host.”

These are sobering words. As a follower of the LORD, we are to “Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother.” There is nothing wrong with making a judgment. Jesus was dealing with hypocrisy when He said that we should not judge lest we be judged. We are to execute judgment and show mercy and compassion. They go hand in hand but judgment must come first because without the knowledge of sin and the wrath of God, mercy seems cheap and unnecessary.

Proverbs 6:23 says, “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:”

The gospel is stripped of its power when reproof and the commandments of God are taken away. People call this love but really it is selfish ignorance because without these things, there is no longer a “way of life.” Many churches have bought into a “repentance free” gospel. They have made thousands, if not millions of lost people into comfortable and blinded Hell-bound church-goers. Mathew 7:22-23 states that, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Hell will be full of people just like this. Good works aren’t enough when it comes to the righteous standard of God. Repentance is a must. With that said, there will still be many professing Christians that will judge you very harshly for “judging” others. The irony of this is almost hilarious.

The hands that shed innocent blood are hated by God and we can not hide this truth. We are right to explain this to the sinner guilty before the Judge. But there is another thing that the LORD hates, and Christians, especially those that appose abortion, would be wise to take it very seriously. We can’t tote one of them around as our justification for what we do and then sweep the other under the rug. This would be perverting the righteousness of God’s character.

The other thing that the LORD hates is this,

he that soweth discord among the brethren.”

This strikes hard, right at the heart of many a Christian soldier. Those of us that point out that our righteous God hates the hands that shed innocent blood should never ignore the rest of the verses. It isn’t fair to use one verse as an indictment and then turn a blind eye to another. God hates those that sow discord among the brethren. We must hold our own lives in the light of this verse. Where do we stand? Where do I stand? What about you?

As Christians and Abolitionists of human abortion we become impassioned with the truth of God’s Word. When you are out in the streets being a light in the darkness of our culture you are able to see the depth of wickedness that abounds all around us. Even our closest neighbors and acquaintances, when confronted with their sin, will lash out. We are surrounded with heathens, lost and hurting souls. The cashier at the grocery store, the co-worker that you say good morning to every day, the school bus driver you pass by on your way to work, they are all chained to their sin. It is entwined into the deepest recesses of their heart. They have rejected God. If you witness, you see this very clearly. It becomes a stark reality. The world is not at peace with God. Millions have never been reconciled by Jesus.

When you see this everyday you begin to view the world differently. Everyone seems to have a sinister spirit hidden cleverly behind a cordial smile or warm hand shake. You begin to imagine mockery in the morning greeting from your neighbor. It is easy to do. I have been cussed out and yelled at by someone I was acquainted with. He had forgotten who I was. His “good morning” no longer feels sincere. We see the sin. We hear the filth. We are reviled by the masses. It can become a weary burden to bear. Some Christians chose to harden their hearts to this treatment and in the process lock out the ability to love the people they had at one time set out to help. It’s okay to be saddened by the wickedness. It is okay to have a burden for the lost. Just give it to Jesus.

But here is where it can get hard and a seed of discord is planted. It wouldn’t be that hard to take the reviling if the church was united in the stand for truth. But often the Christians that would rather confine their Christianity to the church house take the side of the world and condemn us for being condemning. They believe that the world is at peace with Christ because the world is at peace with their church. They preach a gospel stripped of repentance and the sinner that loves his sin comes running.

There are many Christian people with good intentions that refuse to preach the Word with boldness. This is very frustrating. They, unknowingly are working on the side of the devil. But does this give us a reason to refuse to show them love and grace? No. The church must be warned and exhorted but it must be done in love and grace. Often we get boldly standing for truth mixed up with pride. We aren’t out there to win arguments. We want Christians to act like Christians. But we must as well. We must be bold but we must be loving. They go hand in hand. Modern churches throw away Christ’s boldness in the name of tolerance and love but many other Christians separate the love of Christ from the message in the name of righteousness.

Correction must be done in love or it is abuse. I am not advocating compromise. There is strength in love. There is power and purity in love. It is because of love that we even have a desire to stand for truth.

Proverbs 13:10 says, “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” What does that say of us? I know that many professing Christians will cause contention of their own, even if we reach out to them in love but still others have been turned off right in the beginning by a contentious spirit. The Bible states that we are to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. It is time we start acting like God told us to. We are His representatives to this world. How selfish of us to let our pride and passion smear the name of Christ.

James 3:13-18 says, “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

Could that be said of us? I hope so. A wise man will live out his faith by good conversation. He will share the gospel and expose evil. He will do this with meekness and wisdom. There is no room for pride and discord.

There is a message of truth that must be told and there is a way to share that truth. Let us not fall into the trap of “trying to prove ourselves right.” We are already on the side of right because the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob is our God. Let us remember that God hates both, the hands that shed innocent blood and those that sow discord among the brethren.

Let us boldly share the truth of Christ in love.

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Comments
  1. Donna McCord says:

    So powerful, Chris, and so true. It can indeed be frightening to understand how so many people, including people we know and love, are in danger and our country, this whole world is so lost…but I believe, too, that God does not want us to sink into despair or worry or fear…He wants us to live as you have described, in His righteousness and Love and be the light in the darkness, and to rest in His mercy and grace by putting all our burdens at His feet. It has just been in the last few months that I am realizing just how astounding it is what Jesus has done for us and how unworthy I am. Being grateful just seems so inadequate! Living out our gratitude is what I desire to do, and pray for His strength…I realize I am not able to do it without Him. Thank you for sharing what our Lord has revealed to you…I hope many, many people will be able to read your blogs.

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  2. tonihutto says:

    This was really good Chris. There is no doubt in my mind that the voiceless should be protected by Christians. But I have also been convicted that we cannot become angry and bitter with our brothers and sisters who choose to “pass by the way”. Luke 10. Their inaction is wrong, but I have been more worried about them than my own attitude. I caught myself having a little tantrum over their ignorance. And that’s when Jesus showed me that there was “one thing needful” (Luke 10). I was forgetting that admonishing must be done in love or it is abuse. My prayer now is that I may serve Him like Martha through a love like Mary’s.

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