They Hate ( by Carley Evans )

 

Anaclasis – A Haunting Gospel of Malice & Hatred

Anaclasis – A Haunting Gospel of Malice & Hatred (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This morning I realize why I don’t like church. I don’t like church because of the sometimes invisible, sometimes highly visible people inside the building who spout evil rather than good, who obviously hate rather than love. The pain I feel inside church is unimaginable. I used to try to ignore it, deny it, justify it. No more. I fully embrace this pain, this incredible disappointment in people who claim to know who Jesus is. I pause because I know how hard it is not to hate these hypocrites –right back at ya!

 

But, I recall Jesus dies for them, too. His agony on the cross is proportional to the level of their hatred.

 

Who do they hate? So-called Christians in church hate sinners. They hate “the least of these.” And they hate socialists, communists, homosexuals, abortionists, murderers, the poor, the disenfranchised, the lonely, the mentally ill, the homeless, the lost. Oops. In short, they hate themselves.

 

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6 thoughts on “They Hate ( by Carley Evans )

  1. mtsweat says:

    Bone-crushing message here Carley! I love Wesley’s call, “Give me 100 men who hate nothing but sin, and love the Lord with their all and I’ll turn the UK upside down for Jesus Christ.” What’s alarming is that Wesley had little confidence he could find the 100 men. and today?

    The true Church (I assume you refer to local assemblies and online proclaimers of the faith) is of course comprised of true believers from every tribe and nation, every ethnicity, every social status… with the only requirement being ‘faith through grace in Christ.’ On behalf of the hate thing, I totally agree with you… true disciples can’t muster hatred for another image bearer without practicing hypocrisy.

    Still, there’s another side of this coin. The influence of the world’s culture has just about made the church silent. In the book of Hosea, God makes it very clear, when His people allow the culture of the day to influence His followers rather than His Word, then He stands in total rejection of His people. Hence, “I will scatter you through the nations, and I will show no mercy, and you are not My people!”

    I’m not sure how we stand against a culture that says it’s okay to murder babies, and denounce God’s prescribed standard for marriage and family, and etc… without looking a little bit like we refuse to accept these things. I have no problem being friends and building relationships with people who practice these things (in hopes of sharing the gospel), but what I experience is the hatred coming from the other side. We are considered intolerant because we refuse to receive their lifestyles as acceptable. Just throwing a note from the other side (the church).

    Sorry for the super long winded response, but this is becoming a very critical issue for the church and the world… and the path we’re on is going to end up ugly.

    Thanks for sharing from your heart, good friend. Prayerfully, let us be the body of Christ… with His mind leading our every step. God bless.

    • lambskinny says:

      Michael — The sins I seem to have the most trouble with are: intolerance and hatred. Jesus asks us to drop the stone we hold in our hearts and in our hands. He never says to throw it at someone else. Many blessings, brother and friend. Carley

  2. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Humanity 777.

  3. Jeff says:

    Tough words, Carley. But very true. By the way. I’m not sure where else to post this, so I’ll do it here. I LOVED your book!! It was such a good story, and held me gripped until the end. I got rather attached to Chuck.

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