It’s sad that Christians are accused of being haters because we refuse to conform to the pattern of the world and accept those things which go against God’s Word.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
However, have we given much consideration to why or how anyone could form such an opinion of those of us who are called to love one another? As Christians, we are to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.
“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” 1 John 2:6
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” 1 Corinthians 11:1
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
As Christians, though we may not agree with another’s lifestyle, we are not commanded to judge them; we are commanded to love them. Is that not what Jesus did? As Christians, we are called to love even those the majority of us would consider unlovable, such as the person who recently viciously killed so many innocent people in a theater in Colorado. To love such a person is an extremely tall order to fill; however, eternal life in heaven with the Father is no small reward.
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35