Trojan Horse of Hate in the City of God

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I think there is a Trojan horse constructed and being used against the city of God. The story of the Trojan horse is a tale from the Trojan War about a strategy that allowed the Greeks to destroy the city of Troy. After a 10 year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside. The Trojans, thinking the Greeks had quit fighting and left the horse, took the horse inside the city as a trophy. That night the force inside the horse opened the gates of the city and let the Greek army in and they destroyed the city and ended the war. I think the Trojan horse that stands at the gate of the city of God has to do with the idea of hate.

There is a cultural fear right now to be labeled as a “hater.” It is a stigma that is so culturally pronounced that people go to great lengths to prove that they don’t hate. It causes Christians to keep silent about certain things so they are not perceived as hateful. Even worse, they cave into societal trends that God clearly disapproves of. In the end, like the children of Israel, they construct an idol (golden calf) and call it God. .

Now there is hate that God disapproves of. If people consistently run from you and you feel persecuted all the time, you may be hatefully obnoxious. You may snarl more than you smile. On the other hand, if you are never persecuted for your faith and people feel completely comfortable and affirmed by you as they live ways that God disapproves of, it may be that you are a spiritual coward.

                                                                                                             Is hate ever right

We need to come to grips with something on the subject of hate. Is hatred always wrong for the Christian? There is a current popular bumper sticker that says, “hate is not a family value.” But for God’s family we must be careful in saying that in a blanket statement.

What about God, does He ever hate? Is hatred the ultimate sin in God’s eyes? Let’s first consider a couple of things (a few of many) He said in His word about His propensity toward hate.

Deu 12:31…every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods
Psalms 7:11-12 God is a righteous judge, And a God who has indignation (hatred) every day. (12) If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready.

God hates things that are contrary to His nature and there is a reason He does. Psa 5:4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness.

We live in a fallen world where there is an enemy of God’s people. Perfect love demands that God hate things that try to work against Him and His creation. Love and hate are really two things that are inseparable. They are like two sides of the same coin. That is to say if you love something, you hate whatever threatens that something. If you love someone, you hate whatever threatens harm to that someone. The more your affection for what is right, the more your disaffection for what is wrong. That’s why it says in Psa 97:9-10 You are exalted far above all gods. (10) Hate evil, you who love the LORD.

You cannot truly love anything without hating that which threatens its destruction. If you are a parent and there is a confirmed sexual pervert living next door who constantly wants to take you children out to the park to play would you let them? Would you love that perversion in them that looks at your young child with lust? There is no way you could love that perversion, especially when it is directed toward you child. To love that perversion toward your child would not be Godly love.

Love doesn’t exist in a vacuum. If one loves, then one must hate. The hate will be directed at anything that threatens the object of that love. God does hate, and all who belong to Him are called to hate what He hates as well as love what He loves. He is not nebulas about what He hates.

Pro 6:16-20 NASB There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: (17) Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, (18) A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, (19) A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers

A loving God cannot love things that bring people into bondage and destroy them. He can’t love things that take them away from Him because there is no life outside of Him. The forces that try to take people away from Him will cause Him to react in hate. He has to or He will cease being a loving God.

Hate came in the garden of Eden

God put the right kind of hate in mankind in the Garden of Eden. After the serpent deceived mankind and worked a separation between them and God, He moved to put hatred between them (and their offspring).
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity (Heb Hostility, hatred, extreme ill will or hatred that exists between enemies) between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”  He could not allow the devil unhindered access to His people, which would not be very loving.

Jesus was the ultimate expression of that hatred as He bruised” the head” of the enemy through His death, burial, and resurrection. Heb 2:14…He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil. Col 2:14-15…nailing it to the cross. (15) Having stripped rulers and authorities, He made a show of them publicly, triumphing over them in it. I like how Matthew Henry commented on this. Christ sufferings and death, pointed at in Satan’s bruising his heel (and him bruising his head)…it was by death that Christ destroyed him that had the power of death.

Jesus hated and continues to hate the devil and his works. To carry the nature of Christ we must also hate the evil works of the devil that tries to enslave people and keep them away from God. To love and approve of what God hates is not really love, at least God’s love.

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