This is a short summary of a sermon I preached at a Revival in Miami. The message is titled, “A Dangerous, Reckless, Upside-Down Love” and can be found here.
The hard truth is that our hearts naturally hate God and hate people.
Before you get mad at me, the concept of biblical hate is not an emotion, but murder, as in, I don’t want this person around anymore.
Before you get more mad at me: we can easily compartmentalize God to fit in certain areas of our life (or not at all), which is essentially murdering Him. In the same way, there are at least a few people we know we’d rather never be around, and might not even be sorry if they were dead. This is hate.
Jesus smashes these categories at the cross since he came to love every single person in the universe. He calls us to do the same.
If we deny the hate in our hearts, it will control us for the rest of our lives. If we marginalize the homeless, homosexuals, drug addicts, felons, and foreigners, then this will affect how we handle our children and our future generation.
There are three things to remember about loving one another.
Former atheist/agnostic, now a pastor and professional rambler. Have a B.A. in Psychology and M.Div from SEBTS. Both degrees negate each other, i.e. I'm still a dummy. Have a fifth degree black belt and I can eat five lbs. of steak in one sitting. A recovered porn addict, skeptical Christian, loves Jesus. I gave away half my salary in 2012 to fight human trafficking, and you can help. Have a mixed German shepherd named Rosco, have two toenails growing out of one toe, and I'm addicted to coffee, ginger ale, and tomato juice.
Christ Is King.