Monday, May 21, 2012

A Response to Feedback: Different Senses of “Hate”: Mere Entertainment

Author's note: Please read my post on The Hunger Games by clicking here, as it will explain some of the context as to why I am answering objections. 

You can hate your brother. You can hate your sin. One of these is good, the other bad.

The word hate can be used in different contexts, and these contexts determine whether hate is a good thing, or a bad thing. One can hate something and at the same time find what they hate to be true. For example, human nature. Scripture presents a sinful picture of human nature, but the thing about it is: We are called to hate it. We are supposed to mortify our old natures and live a godly life (Colossians 3:5). We are called to think about sin in the same way that God does. The Heidelberg Catechism says that God is “…terribly displeased with our original as well as our actual sins” (Q. and A. 10). Shall we not also be terribly displeased with the sin we see in ourselves and our world, even hating it? We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). We also have the Spirit of God who comprehends the thoughts of God (1 Cor. 2:11-13).

Hate stays the same, but the object changes. The object is what matters. Christians are never commanded to hate their brother, but when it comes to our sinful natures, we are to “…hate even the garment stained by the flesh” (Jude 22).

Sin should make us angry.

Psalm 4:2-4: "O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him. Be angry, and do not sin;
ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah"

It makes us angry because men continually seek after lies. That is the truth. Men continually love vain words. That is the truth. Just because it is truth does not mean that it should not make us angry. It does not mean that we should see the truth without analyzing it and looking at it through a Christian perspective. Through how God, our creator, sees it. God is grieved by sin.

God is grieved because we were made good.

Later on in that same Psalm, David writes in verse 6:

"There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!"

God shows us what is good!


Can a person have two premises and form a conclusion that is not contradictory? If one premise takes precedence over the second premise, does that make the premises contradictory? That answer is no (obviously), especially when our Christian worldview is the ultimate premise through which we are supposed to interpret the rest of the premises we make (form, conclude) about our world. Therefore this statement makes sense without being contradictory:

“Our desires for entertainment should never trump our desires to look at things the way that God looks at things, for we have the mind of Christ!”

Our desires to see entertainment should never only be about the entertainment. It should never only be about the story. Our desires ultimately are meant to glorify God. This is biblically supported:

1 Cor. 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (emphasis added).

When we become Christians, we present our bodies as living sacrifices, which is our spiritual worship (Romans 12:1). The Westminster Shorter Catechisms first Q. and A. is all about our purpose here on earth when it asks: “What is the chief end of man?” The answer: “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.”

We glorify God when we are satisfied in him, rejoicing in all his good gifts, and putting on the mind of Christ, being renewed in our mind by the Word of God:

Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

There is a spiritual battle going on below:

Ephesians 6:12: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

1 John 4:1: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Every movie has an agenda. All entertainment has an agenda. We are not called merely to indulge, but to “interpret the present time” (Luke 12:56).

The fact that we go to the movies, drink wine, and play Pictionary on our i-phones is not wrong, so please don’t mistake what I’m saying! But we are never called to merely do them. We are called glorify God through them. So let's think about them, renew our minds daily, being more and more conformed to Christ!

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