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Abhoring Violence

The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.
On the wicked he will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot. Psalm 11:5-6

Recall that when God destroyed most of mankind except for Noah and his family, the Bible records that violence had escalated so great that He had to do it. Same with Lot and his family, though the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was more local.

We see the horrific violence in some nations around the world but none of it compares to what existed in the days of Noah. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

To be fair, though, if you’re living with violence all around you, it’s just as horrific as those days because you are actually living it. Even though it’s easy to toss out examples, real people are going through real violent situations.

The Bible tells us God hates those who love violence. That’s a strong statement. And yet much of the world is firmly entrenched in violence daily.

But He hates it.

We should hate it also, but do we?

Most of the time the media shields us from the continual violence occuring around the world. They have various reasons for omitting the truth of those situations, but we still don’t get a sense of the horrors people – non-Christians and Christians alike are undergoing at the hands of brutal regimes. It would certainly give us more perspective than we now have.

So when you do hear of violence in the news, know that God hates it more than you do and will eventually even the scores with those who participate. We are to do what we can from a human judgement perspective, but ultimately God will deal with the violators.

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