by David Outten
Yes, I hate.
I hate having to use passwords.
I hate having to have deadbolt locks on my doors.
I hate having to fear for my grandchildren’s safety.
I hate having to take my shoes off to get on a flight.
I hate to hear of American troops dying in Afghanistan.
I hate being billed insane prices by hospitals.
When I was a boy in a public school we used to recite the Lord’s prayer. In part we said, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.”
What a thought. We were asking God to make life on earth more like life in heaven.
I suspect there are no passwords in heaven, no deadbolts. There’s no fear at all. No wars, no terrorists, no hospitals (no need for any).
Why is it that we who would love to see more of heaven on earth are considered hatemongers?
It’s because we hate sin. We hate the behavior that forces us to have passwords and deadbolts. We hate the behavior that causes war and poverty. We hate to see 600,000 Americans die of diseases caused by sexual promiscuity. We hate to see families destroyed by pornography, gambling, drugs, alcohol and divorce.
Why is it that in an age when “science” has replaced religion as the focus of education that we ignore the scientific truth that sin is devastating? Scientific proof exists that pornography is not victimless. Scientific proof exists that sex outside of marriage increases poverty and disease. Scientific proof exists that gay sex is a health nightmare. More Americans have died from the consequences having promiscuous gay sex than died in combat in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War (both sides), World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War COMBINED. Is it hateful to tell the scientific truth? Is it hateful to wish 30,000 more young men would not get HIV next year by engaging in promiscuous gay sex?
Here’s the problem. There are people who love sin. They don’t want God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. They want to steal your identity and empty your bank account. They want to break into your house and steal whatever they want. They want to have sex with your children and grandchildren. They want to hijack jets and fly them into buildings. They want to have sex with who they please, when they please. They want to drink all they want, when they want. If you tell them the scientific facts about how harmful their behavior is you are a “hatemonger.” In fact, they’d like to see you arrested for committing a hate crime.
It used to be that having a child out of wedlock was shameful. It used to be that a divorce was an embarrassment to a family. Fear of shame used to be a motivation to save sex for marriage and be faithful in marriage. The advocates of sin hated this. They wanted a sexual revolution. They wanted shame removed from promiscuity and placed instead on anyone willing to call sin wrong behavior.
God loves sinners. He sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for their forgiveness. God loves identity thieves, pedophiles, terrorists and murderers. He hates sin. He hates the very thing that’s making life on earth more like hell and less like heaven. He would gladly, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
But, God leads. He does not drag. You don’t have to follow. You can have all the hell on earth you want or you can follow God and be delivered from evil.
As one who desires to follow — one who wants more of heaven on earth (especially in the United States) — I know this will make me unpopular with those who do not wish to follow God. Jesus had followers and He had enemies. He still does. Jesus taught his followers to love their enemies. On the cross He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
I’ll be honest. I used to like pornography. I used to dislike being considered a sinner. I was not following God. I know what that’s like. It was miserable. I felt like a slave to lust. It was compulsive. I’m not some holier-than-thou judge. I’m a sinner who turned from sin and asked God, “lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil.” He did. He still has to every day. I’m still free to sin. On any given day, in any instance, I can follow God or succumb to temptation.
My great desire is to see others rescued. I want my children to live in a nation where there are fewer identity thieves, fewer house robbers, drug addicts, sex slave traffickers, pedophiles and, yes, mothers having children out of wedlock. I’d like to see less poverty and I’m honest enough to admit that sin is a leading cause. I’d be thrilled if not a single young American contracted HIV. Not one would if God’s kingdom came on earth as it is in heaven.
God’s kingdom is not made up of slaves. It is made up of followers. By choosing to be a follower I side with God in loving sinners and hating sin. If, in your eyes, praying to God, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven” makes me a hatemonger, then I confess, I am one.