An oft-quoted phrase these days is, “hate the sin, not the sinner.” This phrase is especially quoted when discussing things like gay marriages, or abortion. Christians, almost like clockwork, give off the little phrase. But, should we use it and does it reflect God’s view?
First off, sin is the conscious act of disobedience against God, by a human. And, since murder and gay marriages are clearly spoken against in the Bible, we can definitely say they are a sin. And, since sin is disobedience against a perfect God, we could assume that God would have a righteous anger against the disobedience.
But, don’t just take my word for it, read what God has said Himself:
And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and His anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
And the LORD’S anger was kindled against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed.
If God has that kind of righteous anger against complaining, imagine His perfect anger against other sin.
So, should we say, “hate the sin, not the sinner.”? No, we shouldn’t say it but the leading point behind this saying is, “love the person for who they are and just don’t do what they do.” This is not what God acts like.
Christians should have a righteous anger for sin, just like God does. But, because of this flesh-soaked world, we have grown soft on that. We seem to forget, or force from our minds, the fact that God hates sin!
We need to speak against such things as gay marriages and abortion, with the righteous anger against sin! So, “hate the sin, teach the sinner the same.” That is just a short bit of it though. Maybe this will help: