Hating What God Hates

The LORD says: Don’t brag about your wisdom or strength or wealth. If you feel you must brag, then have enough sense to brag about worshiping me, the LORD. What I like best is showing kindness, justice, and mercy to everyone on earth.
Someday I will punish the nations of Egypt, Edom, Ammon, and Moab, and the tribes of the desert. The men of these nations are circumcised, but they don’t worship me. And it’s the same with you people of Judah. Your bodies are circumcised, but your hearts are unchanged. The LORD said: Listen to me, you people of Israel. Don’t follow the customs of those nations who become frightened when they see something strange happen in the sky.But you, Israel’s God, created all things, and you chose Israel to be your very own. Your name is the LORD All-Powerful. (Jer.9:23-26;10:1-2, 16)

This morning I went through the book of Jeremiah 9:23-10:16. The Lord is reminding His people through the prophet, in very strong terms, two key issues. These are two sins that God hates. First is ‘hypocrisy’ and the second ‘idolatry’. Several places in the Scripture we find instructions and warnings to keep away from these sins. Jesus often rebuked the religious folks for their hypocrisy.

Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy is spirituality without Godliness or Christianity without Christlikeness. This promotes external religion instead of internal reformation. People wear their religion these days and its hollow. The qualities of our God, like justice, mercy, love and kindness, should be reflected through our lives. We must allow Christ to reshape us into His likeness.

Idolatry

Idolatry is not only bowing before and idol. Giving God’s place to anything else or anyone else too is idolatry. It is creation orientedness rather than Creator orientedness. We tend to give more thought and prominence to the creation of God than God Himself. We are quick to blame others for idolatry but ignore our own practice of it.

God wants us to hate these sins as He hates them.

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