Love People. Hate Sin
Posted on September 30, 2013
I have a love / hate relationship with the phrase “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”
A lot of people think it’s a quote from the Bible, but it’s not. The concepts are there (kinda), but not the quote itself. Now don’t get me wrong, I think there is a lot of good in this idea, but what I don’t like is how much it feels like a pointed finger. It’s like what we are really saying is, “love THAT sinner and hate HIS sin.”
But here’s the deal: we are all that sinner and we all sin. That’s why I prefer this little nuance:
Following the example of God who “so loved the world he gave his only son,” (John 3:16), let’s be the most loving people in the world. Let’s be known for love (John 13:35, Matthew 5:43-48).
But let’s call sin what it is…sin. It’s destructive and it damages relationships with God and people. And when I say sin, above all, I mean MY SIN. It’s not just THAT sinner and HIS sin, it’s ME and MY sin. (1 John 1:8)
Here’s snippet from my teaching this weekend at Riv where I hit on this idea more: