Ten Things I Hate

© Copyright 2007, 2011 by Joel R. Hall – All Rights Reserved

1. Lies! I hate lies with a passion, and I’m not just talking “black” lies either. I’m talking ALL lies, black, white, purple, red, gray, blue, or polka dotted. I can’t say it loud enough or strongly enough: I HATE LIES!!! We are children of  the Truth. If we lie, there is no Truth in us.

2. Pride. Pride is the manifestation of the lie that we don’t need help from anyone or anything. Nothing separates us more completely from God’s mercy and grace.

3. Vanity. Vanity is the fruit of Pride. Pride causes us to deceive ourselves into living a lie by creating an image, an idol if you will, that we show to the world in order to gain approval and acceptance. Vanity is a poison that will surely kill the soul.

4. Cowardice. This is the fruit of Vanity which causes us to fear someone discovering the truth behind our image. This fear will cause us to go to extremes to maintain that precious image even if it means hurting someone by commission or omission. Often, this manifests itself in “herd” mentality where we stand idly by while a friend is mistreated. Nothing separates us more completely from one another.

5. Gossip. The fruit of cowardice is gossip. Understand something, ANY time you participate in judgmental dialog about someone behind their back, you ARE gossiping. I’m not talking about seeking counsel concerning someone’s behavior out of genuine concern. I’m talking about spreading accusations, lies, half truths, and conjectures in the name of concern. You can even be guilty of gossip if you fail to speak up when others gossip in your presence. If you have a problem with someone, grow a spine and tell them. Otherwise, shut your pie hole.

6. Shame. I speak here of that specific form of shame that whispers lies in our ears telling us that we are inadequate, unloved, and not good enough. Nothing could be further from the truth. Each of us is a child of God and loved by Him. Each of us is created as a unique and wonderful creation with inborn beauty and purpose that is not duplicated anywhere else in the entire universe. It is the utmost desire of the creator that each of us be redeemed and live in the hope of Yeshua. “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

7. Judgement. In Mathew 7:2, Yeshua said “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Judgement is one of the greatest poisons of the soul. The very act of judging is based upon the mistaken assumption that any of us has the right to judge, for that right is reserved by the only one that has not fallen short. As Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Therefore, we all stand in need of mercy and dare not to judge. Our only valid response is to love.

8. Apathy. Hate is not the opposite of love. Apathy is. I sometimes think that Hell will simply be eternal apathy. True apathy is a poverty of the soul engendered by the need to shut out the guilt built up by a lifetime of  living a lie. Don’t confuse this with false apathy which is an image projected by someone that has been repeatedly hurt by others and wishes to appear to not care in order to avoid further pain and disappointment. False apathy will fall rapidly away when true Love is encountered whereas true apathy will rarely respond to anything.

9. Manipulation. Manipulation is one of the most corrosive and dishonest acts of the human heart. If you want something from someone, simply speak the truth. Do not attempt to use guilt or lies to get your way. Few things can destroy a relationship so completely.

10. Status. Of all the evils in this world, status may be the most insidious and lethal. Status is based upon the false notion that some are better than others. We are surrounded by images specifically targeted to make us feel inadequate and unfulfilled. This was one of the great downfalls of the pharisees in the days of Yeshua’s ministry on Earth. In contrast, He told us in Mathew 20:16 that “… the last will be first, and the first will be last.” This requires humility and humility comes from acknowledging that we are all in debt to the grace of the Creator, being crafted, though each unique and with our own special purpose, with equal value in the eyes of our Creator.

Note that this list of things I hate is a list of traits and not directed at people that possess these traits. Otherwise, I would have to hate myself. I love people: all people. I hate these traits because of the damage they do to people.

© Copyright 2007, 2011 by Joel R. Hall – All Rights Reserved

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One Response to Ten Things I Hate

  1. Pat Cegan says:

    A very thorough list, Joel. I agree with your descriptions of each. Thank you for helping all of us look at these traits more closely. Sure is easy to fall into the trap of “not seeing” them in ourselves. Hugs, pat

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