Hating Evil

10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10

Hating evil is passe nowadays.

We dislike it, joke about it, redefine it, toy with it, shy away from it, justify it, and sometimes accept it. But by and large, we don’t seem to hate it.

I often ask myself why that is. I don’t really have a definitive answer for it.

A queen was interviewing stagecoach drivers. She asked each one how close they could come to the edge of a cliff without injuring anyone. One by one the answers came in: “two inches,” “four inches,” “a half an inch.” Finally one driver cleared his throat and said, “Ma’am, I do not even want to come close to the edge. With you on board, I will drive as far to the other side as humanly possible.”

I suspect it’s like that with many Believers. We’ve been close to it for so long, we forget that our objective is to be as far away from it as humanly possible. It doesn’t mean we extricate ourselves from the world. No, it just means that we need to be walking a lot closer to the other side of the road.

What that means to each of us is different.

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