In an era when “tolerance” is enshrined as orthodoxy, there is a time to be intolerant. There are some things I will never tolerate, and I don’t hesitate to even say that there are some things that I hate.
When the Communications Director for the WELS Lutheran Synod (a very conservative, Bible-believing Lutheran body*) was arrested with hundreds of child porn images on his home and office computer, I felt a burning rage in my mind and heart. I will make no apology for feeling that.
If we cannot hate the destruction of children in this country, we need to get on our knees and ask God to give us the hatred necessary to oppose this evil on every front. That this monstrous depravity has made its way into the lives of professing Christians is nausea producing.
The sexual exploitation of children has to rank right up there with the greatest evil that can be committed in God’s sight. The destruction in the lives of those who have been molested has been documented over and over and over again. And it should make us angry.
This will offend some Christians. Oh, Ingrid, don’t say you hate child molesters, say you hate their sin. No, I hate child molesters. Let me repeat. I hate child molesters who destroy children and sentence them to a lifetime of pain by their evil conduct. What I can do is pray for their souls, because without repentance they are facing an eternity in hell. Eternity is a long, long time.
There are other things that I hate. I hate lies and slander, for example, the kind that slips around in the background and ruins lives and reputations. A frontal charge, you can deal with that. But innuendo, a raised eyebrow, the private conversation where lies are used against others for a specific end. I hate that.
God hates it, too. In fact, Scripture tells us that there are seven specific things God hates.
There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Those verses are found in Proverbs 6:16-19.
Think about God’s anger when this conduct comes from those who claim to be Christians—those bearing Christ’s name who lie, stir up conflict, and plan wicked schemes based on those lies. To do these things is bad enough, but to drape this conduct in false godliness is the purest form of evil.
There’s something else of which I am intolerant. I am intolerant of those who console and comfort the fake Christians engaged in this conduct. I am intolerant of those who, for the sake of money, are willing to look the other way—those who place their paychecks (or anything else) above their integrity, and then go to church on Sunday to sing God’s praises when they know innocent people have been hurt by their participation. That’s prostitution, folks. Just give me the check and I’ll turn any tricks you want. I hate that.
Thankfully, we have a just God. His justice does not always occur on our timetable. But we can rest in knowing that if we are intolerant of these evil things, we have derived that very sense of justice from God himself who has stamped the Law of God on our hearts. He has promised in His word that He will reward the wicked, that what is done in secret will be made public on that fearsome Last Day when the book of our lives is opened.
Thankfully, we can find forgiveness for our own sin through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Because Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that our hearts, all of them, are sinful and “desperately wicked.” I am grateful for the cure to that evil that we can have by faith. Without that, who could stand?
Don’t ask me to tolerate these things mentioned above, and many others, like race hatred, totalitarianism, bullying, child-murder in abortion clinics (or anywhere else), and so forth. The moment we rationalize it, look the other way, or excuse it, we’ve become accomplices. Something to remember.
*Note: I mention the WELS official, but there is no denominational corner on perversion and child exploitation. StopBaptistPredators.org shows how much goes on in “Bible-preaching” IFB (independent fundamental Baptist) and Southern Baptist churches. The angels must weep.