Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; an everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:7-11)
I look around today and I see so many Christians filled with hate. They hate Muslims. They hate the “Mexicans” for “taking” their jobs. They hate other Christians that aren’t of their denomination. Basically, many Christians hate those that aren’t exactly like themselves. They even hate the LGBT community when they should be evangelizing to them to help them turn from sin.
You can say you don’t hate them, but many of you rant and carry on that the Muslims need to die. The LGBT members deserve it when they get killed, etc. In these religious forums I browse, I see so many Christians bashing one another and name-calling because they disagree on certain points. I can certainly tell you this isn’t love.
But why is that? Why are so many Christians so hateful towards other people? The passage above clearly says that “everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” and that “he who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” So where does that put you? Do you love everyone as God calls you to? That includes Muslims, LGBT members, Christians of other denominations, non-Christians, enemies, etc. If you don’t then according to the Bible you do not know God.
While I confirm that many of these people lie in sin, that doesn’t give us the right to hate them. If anything, we should love them all the more and try and save them from condemnation. I mean, as Christians, this is what we are called to do, isn’t it?
Think about it, God sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, to save us from the fear of death and the grave, “while we were still sinners.” The world was consumed (and still is) with wickedness, but God loved us so much that He gave us a way out. He sent Jesus to defeat death and the grasp sin has on people. Through Their love, we have been given the ability to receive eternal life in Heaven with our Creator. And in return, God calls us to love others in the same manner.
If you call yourself a Christian, yet find yourself constantly ranting and hating others that are different, then you should reevaluate your stance in Christianity. According to the Bible, you do not know God. God is love and if you don’t have love for all, then you definitely can’t say that you are a Christian.