Ever been on the wrong side of an issue?


Don’t know if you’ve ever found yourself on the wrong side of an issue. You may have gotten “all worked up” over the issue, grabbed a picket sign and marched, written a letter to the editor, called the opinion line at a radio station, even stood up at a public meeting and “sounded off” … and then discovered you were on the wrong side of the issue. It can be embarrassing! How do I know? Guess!

As a Christian I want to be on the right side of important issues… God’s side! The Bible’s side! The side of righteousness! And I want to be on the right side of those issues in the right way… a Christ-like way (I NEVER want to embarrass the Lord or misrepresent Him!) I thought about that as I read these words in Psalm 97 this morning during “coffee with the Lord”…

“O you who love the Lord, hate evil!”

I don’t want to just throw around an adage, but I really believe my challenge is to “Love the sinner… Love the Lord… and hate evil!” In fact, I paused this morning and asked the Lord to help me keep those things in proper balance!

I think it helps to have some of the remainder of the Psalm in focus so I’ve provided some of what it says below…

“The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice! … The heavens proclaim His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory! … You, O Lord, are Most High over all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods. O YOU WHO LOVE THE LORD, HATE EVIL! He preserves the lives of His saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous and joy for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous and give thanks to his holy name!” (from Psalm 97 ESV)

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