One of the battles Christians have either not been willing to fight or not have noticed is that the world would have you believe that the language found in the Bible is hate speech. Using words like “wicked” “unrighteous” and “abomination” is not hate speech when spoken by our Heavenly Father. To condemn evil, and to call evil what it is, is not hate speech. It’s speaking the truth.
Yet, what we must also understand is that if we are to speak the truth we must do so as we learn in Ephesians “in love.” Love is formed in relationships, not on big clunky signs.
The world doesn’t need more billboards. It needs more Christ.
So in this battle of language we must never concede that our God has somehow misspoke. He hasn’t. We must also understand that if we are truly concerned with telling the truth we must remember that love is an equal shareholder in that discussion.
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” -Ephesians 4:15
Speak the truth in love. This is not a command because God believed it would be easy for us to do or because he considered it something that we do naturally. This is not our natural inclination, it’s supernatural.