The Christian Public Servant – “it is ok to hate”

August 31, 2016 – Wednesday

Reading
Proverbs 8:12-14 [NIV] I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.

Reflection
It is very popular today to say that we should not hate anything. As a public servant, you will certainly be told this is the way of the world. But for those in the faith – Christian public servants – this may seem counter to what your God says.

As followers, you and I must hate what our Lord hates. Evil, pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and perverse speech are all worthy of our hatred – even in the workplace. To those who are being taught the new ethics of blind tolerance, this message will sound wrong. And to be clear, no one is pure evil or has only pride or arrogance or uses strictly perverse speech. So we cannot hate any one person just because of selected behaviors. But as scripture directs, it is ok to hate what God hates!

At work today, show prudence and discretion in your own behavior. Show no judgement about the person you call coworker. Show love for that person, and mean it.

But do not embrace evil behavior or pride or arrogance or perverse words. Remember, it is ok to hate what God hates!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, help me love what You love and hate what You hate. Make me wise in Your ways that I may understand the difference regardless of the constant message of this world. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Stan Best
Training Manager, Apprentice School
Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News, Virginia USA
and Masters of Theology Candidate
St. Leo University
Chesapeake, Virginia USA

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