Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12
“Hate” is a strong word. It means to have an “intense dislike” toward someone. Jesus actually equated the mental sin of hate (or anger) with the physical sin of murder (Matthew 5:21-22) because that is what hatred leads to. In fact, it was hatred of Jesus that led the Jewish religious leaders to seek His crucifixion.
Today, in an effort to vilify Christians who speak up for biblical truth, unbelievers, who wrongly equate disapproval of sin with hatred of the sinner, often categorize Christ-followers as “haters”. This is a powerful tactic designed to stigmatize and silence those who oppose their God-rejecting worldview.
Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, has received plenty of hatred for his stance on the authority of Scripture, young earth creationism, and the gospel (read this column and accompanying links). He joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to help believers know how to respond when we are hated for our faith … because we are and will be.