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Love the Rapist but Hate Rape

 

Love Amongst Sinners and Saints
Love the Sinner

The subject of loving the rapist but not the act of rape is actually the variation of the common phrase, ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’. Rape is just an example of the worst sin that man could think of. Some soft sins that are widely accepted include homosexuality and compromising on the truth. According to the American Psychological Association and others, homosexuality is recognised as a way of being and a part of who we are that’s not subject to change. Many claim that it is how we are born, and there’s no way to change it. We can change ourselves to fit into society better, and society can change to be more accommodating, but that’s it, there is no getting rid of homosexuality. This is false belief, the truth is that it may be challenging to get rid of homosexuality but it can be done away with (a subject to be addressed separately).

 

All that is evil makes man uncomfortable and the slightest fear has its roots on sin. It is a sensitive issue today to pass on the message of hating sin to the next person because sin is the delight of many. People would tell you that what you think or perceive as sin to you is not to them, and hating it makes no difference to you because it is in some else’s care. They claim that you are powerless to change another and therefore a useless toil to beat yourself up hating their behaviour or their way of being.

 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is indeed not a tasty message to the pursuer of comfortable living in this world. That is why we see so much resistance to Christianity even to the point of bloodshed because one thinks that Christians are trying to force ideas or likes and dislikes upon another yet it is a command from God and not someone’s fancy.

 

God hates no one but sin and not the sinner, such that if man could get rid of sin, we would fear nothing at all. Why should we care if God hates sin? It is because God exists (Psalm 14:1-3) and demands for all to live a holy life (Hebrews 12:14). It is written, it is not my fancy; it is the Bible, not my private opinion; it is the Word of God, not of man. I once was advised by some theologian that I should not argue or entertain a person that does not believe that the holy Bible is inspired by God and therefore His true Word. I assume that advice today even for you that reads this post today. If you don’t believe in the Holy Bible, you may as well close this page.

 

In all this, Christians are called to love the sinner but not at all the sin. It is not an effort to get rid of rapists, gays, lesbians, liars and thieves but these sins. How do you show your love for them? Pray for them (“If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life” – 1John.5:16), pray for their salvation (1 Jn.5:16) and exhort them to the truth (Matthew 28:19).

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