God’s Meanstreak

The Lord hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to Him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.

–Proverbs 6:16-19

The Urban Dictionary defines “meanstreak” as “a unique characteristic of a person infuriated by anger which is usually hidden until provoked.”

We never cease to be reminded of God’s love. God is love itself. Every sunrise. Every sunset. Everything we receive that we don’t deserve. It’s all a testament to His love.

But God also gets angry. He becomes furious. He hates.

Read the Bible, and you will find that Hell hath no fury like God Almighty scorned.

The wisdom writing above gives us seven things that are “detestable” to God. The King James Version of the Bible calls these things “abominations.” An abomination is a thing that causes intense disgust or hatred.

I believe God hates these seven things because they strike at His character and the character with which He infused His original Creation. Let’s look at each of these detestable things in turn.

  1. “Arrogant eyes.” Pride is one thing God does not like. Who are we to act arrogantly on this earth? We are frail creatures of flesh and bone living precariously on an orb that is ceaselessly spinning through empty space. All of us put together are less than a speck of sand against the backdrop of an infinite universe.
  2. “A lying tongue.” The Bible tells us that God does not lie (Titus 1:2). He created humans to be in fellowship, in relationship with Him. When we lie, we put up a wall between us and Him — a wall which God despises. It was the lies of Satan that ruined the beautiful relationship between God and our progenitors, Adam and Eve.
  3. angry-god“Hands that shed innocent blood.” God made humans in His own image. Despite the immense beauty of His other creations, He called us His crowning achievement. When we murder each other, it is an affront to Him. It is an offense to His image. He takes it personally. If someone scrawled offensive language on a picture of you, you would be hurt. You wouldn’t be physically harmed, of course, but you would be insulted by what had been done to your likeness.
  4. “A heart that plots wicked schemes.” Everything evil that has ever been done began as a thought in the heart of some human being. The concentration camps and gas chambers of the Holocaust didn’t just pop out of the ground. Somebody, somewhere thought it up and put things in motion to carry out such large-scale horrors.
  5. “Feet eager to run to evil.” So maybe you’re not smart enough to come up with your own evil schemes, but you’re quick to join in with somebody else’s. God hates that. If you’re gonna be bad, at least be original.
  6. “A lying witness who gives false testimony.” When I was young, people sometimes referred to lying as “telling a story.” Normally, the “story” was told by someone as an explanation for why they were in a suspicious situation. For example, if you got caught with your hand in the cookie jar, you might say, “I was just counting the cookies,” when, in reality, you were trying to grab one for yourself. “False testimony” is “telling a story” — making up something that isn’t true and stating it as if it is. False testimony is problematic because, if believed, it prevents the powers-that-be from responding appropriately. For example, if a house across the street is on fire, and you give the 9-1-1 dispatcher an address for a building across town, the firefighters will be sent to the wrong place, property will be destroyed, and lives will probably be lost.
  7. “One who stirs up trouble among brothers.” When you are lying on your deathbed, you are not going to ask for all of the money you have in the bank to be stacked around you. You are not going to want your nice car parked by your bedside. You are not going to want to hold your college degrees one last time. No. The most important things in life are the relationships you have with people. You will realize that when you are about to leave those people behind. You will want the people you loved in life to be with you in death (and, hopefully, you were nice enough to them that they will want to be by your side as well). That truth ought to remind us to value the relationships that we are a part of while we have the chance. We ought not to be the kind of people who are always stirring up drama among our family members and friends. We ought not to facilitate or contribute to animosity between spouses, lovers, or associates. We should be reconcilers, not dividers.

Stay away from these seven things that God hates. You don’t want to see His meanstreak.

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