Rose, a Facebook friend, has posted the Proverbs 6:16-19 passage which gives us a helpful list of the seven things the Lord hates. It’s kind of funny, because first it says “There are six things the Lord hates…” and then it’s like, “Well, actually seven. There are really seven things.”
And these things the Lord hates are all good things – I mean, bad things. I mean, they’re all things that anyone who reads the list would think, “Yeah, I hate that, too.”
But as I just wrote to Rose a few minutes ago, the Lord is so much better about the hate thing than I am, because he not only knows what’s really worth hating vs. what’s just petty, but he also manages to keep his hate list down to six or maybe seven things. Plus, he has an actual hate list, which is pretty organized.
I on the other hand, hate a lot more than six or maybe seven things. And a lot of the things I hate are probably not really worthy of actual hate, but are more in the category of annoying. Yet, I’m a little unbalanced with the word “hate,” and so I often say, at least to myself, that I hate certain things. If there were a verse in the Bible about the things I hate, it would be something like this:
“There are more things Charley hates than we can list here, without taking up too much space and leaking into the next book of the Bible. So here are just six or seven examples:”
Starbucks Pike Place Blend
Spiders With an Attitude That Hang out in the Bathroom
The Various Lawyers Representing Apple Records, Apple (the computer people), EMI Records and the Two Surviving Beatles for Not Working Out Their Stuff and Making Beatles Music Available on I-Tunes
Jon & Kate Plus Eight
So now that I’ve actually taken the time to write this stuff down, I can see that maybe I need to just become the kind of person who loves what God loves, and hates what God hates, and lighten up on the rest of the stuff. Except for the country music.