Ask people to describe the message Jesus preached in one word and there is one that is likely to come up more often than not. Love. For many followers of Jesus, hate has no place in the Kingdom of God. Yet, if we are to be true to the whole biblical witness what are we to do with the words of the preacher in Ecclesiastes: There is a time to love, and a time to hate.
“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens…a time to love and a time to hate” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 8 )
There are times (and things) to hate.
Civil Rights participants were fueled by hatred of injustice. Women’s Rights advocates were fueled by a hatred of inequality. Jesus himself was fueled by a hatred of commercialization in God’s temple. So yes. I hate. I hate the disparate treatment of minorities in the criminal justice system. I hate the abject poverty children live in every day on our streets. I hate. And I hate passionately. And in some circumstances, it’s totally okay. I guess it just depends on the object of your disdain.