I must confess that when I hear this term, I have to fight becoming cynical by it. I will tell you why, because when I hear this being said, it is usually on the defense of upholding one who is living lifestyles contrary to what the bible instructs, and therefore is against God’s will and commands. It usually involves that nothing is to be said against their chosen sin and rebellion against God, but just a strong affirmation that they are loved (by God). And off we go on our way, in our Christian faith doing what God calls us to, ‘love our neighbor’ which means to speak out against their sin, is to not love them.
Why do I say this? Because from the standpoint of living according to God and His word in scripture and to His commands – I do not need to be reminded to ‘love the sinner and hate the sin.’ Now, I do not say this out of arrogance if we read the word we see how this is to be practiced and there is no such thing as what is involved in this but from the stand that as we live according to the truth there is no need for such a cliché to be our guide.
I take issue with this statement – by the foundation is has been created – the world. It means entirely other, then what we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ follow.
To love the sinner, means to tell them the truth. Sin is the road to God’s wrath and eternal death, and if they do not repent and turn from their sin and sinful lifestyles, they will be included in this mix. If I am one who is in the know of danger that lies ahead, and I do not tell the one who I see is heading into it – this is a very unloving act. The world says, do not offend, so do not tell anyone they are in sin! And this is also found in the Christian community and many are caught up in it. It paves the road that is already written that we who stand for the Truth of Jesus Christ, His Testimony, will be persecuted and even put to death Rev 12:11. I can see the hatred already as you need only to look into the latest headlines. Christians are depicted as bigots, haters, and unintelligent who are anti to all that the world stands for. Well, this is partly true, as we are not to be as the world, to love what it loves 1 John 2:15-17, Col 2:8. So, our acts of love are looked upon as acts of hatred Matt 10:22. When we share with anyone that they are in sin and need a Savior, there is hell to pay, for it is Satan’s fury that is behind them. The day is growing short my brothers and sisters, and the darkness has come upon us.
Yes, love – all! Love with all you have in you – In Christ Jesus our Lord, and hold nothing back! But do not compromise your faith – and call this love:
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:9-21