Thursday, August 16, 2012

Why "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin" Doesn't Work...

We're not supposed to hate, period. Attacking people's sins, eventually leads to attacking people. The idea that Christians should "hate the sin but love the sinner" is a popular defense of Christian attacks on homosexuality, abortion, and other behavior which they consider abhorrent. Critics rightly point out that hating the sin can quickly become hating the sinner as well, something which many Christians appear to indulge in when it comes to gays, for example. 
The main problem with this saying is that it is actually no where within the Bible. We are instructed to love our neighbor as we love our selves. We are also told not to judge (it says hypocritically - but considering no sin is bigger than another, judging anyone else for their sins is hypocritical, because everyone sins.) 
 God loves sinners. We are all sinners. God loves us all. It is God's place to judge people when they get to heaven. It is not our place to judge others on earth or in heaven. Period.  If you judge and support hate, you will be judged accordingly. 
God doesn't expect any of us to be perfect. Everyone is imperfect. God expects us to accept Christ, to love Him, and to love others. 


  1. It is troubling how (so-called) Christians are known more for what they hate than what they love. Of course most people don't love all that much either when you consider the sacrificial nature of love.

  2. It can be so easy not to reach out to the sinners. It can be easy to let people know only what we're against instead of what we're for, and i know that is not what non-Christians want. A "religion" we're they just judge people and are judged. Sorry for the long comment ; )

    Noelle : )