The separation of church and hate

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The separation of church and hate (and/or political-correctness-warriors and hate) requires speaking the truth in love.  Hate is not based on truth. It is built on deception, denial, disappointment, dishonesty, misunderstanding, pride, prejudice, anger, hurt, impulse, irrationality, and/or insecurity.

Speaking the truth in love steps beyond the bondage of hatred. While we stay in denial we are stuck in the same situation, however, by facing facts, we find freedom.  Jesus put it this way: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

A culture of political correctness coerces us into the closet of communication conformity. It demands that we speak and write what is mandated by society, not what we really believe. That’s the opposite of love.  Love wants to hear us speak sincerely from the heart, not to hear us parrot a political position under the pressure to conform to contemporary culture.

Name calling, put downs, verbal bullying, mocking, bragging, intimidating, blasting people, accusing, etc. are just the opposite of speaking the truth in love. Political-correctness-warriors often use those tactics in an attempt to trump other’s right to disagree with them. Religious people sometimes use them, too. Even some politicians use those tactics.

Love’s not silent. It’s not passive accommodation.  Love boldly and courageously speaks the truth with kindness, civility, concern, caring, compassion, and even with tears. Love is assertive humility, intervening not to make a point or win an argument, but to make a difference — to heal a heart.

Christ did that. He spoke boldly about where people were off track, not to put them down; but to rescue them from their misery of self-deception and self-destruction.


About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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1 Response to The separation of church and hate

  1. Maybe my favorite so far!

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