Hate the sin; Love the sinner

Yeah, it’s me. Don’t be that surprised. Enough about that. Let’s go. Fundamentalist Christians and evangelical Christians are well acquainted with “Hate the sin, but love the sinner.” Here’s Mark Lowry on that:

“Love the sinner, hate the sin? How about: Love the sinner, hate your own sin! I don’t have time to hate your sin. There are too many of you! Hating my sin is a full-time job….How about you hate your sin, I’ll hate my sin and let’s just love each other!”

Here’s the clip (probably from 2008). The quote can be found at 4:27 and goes for about half a minute:

What Mark has said, I’ve been thinking about for awhile. And I’ve come to the same conclusion; I don’t have time to hate someone else’s sin–life is too short.

I want to be more like Jesus and love people. I don’t have to tell people they’re not living right. Chances are they already know. And if they don’t know, it’s still not my job. It’s God’s. And He’s way better at that than I.

In general, I have a pretty good reputation as a fair blogger and here’s why: I know my own foibles too well to get too excited about someone else’s.

And I’m not perfect–far from it. I don’t know everything which is why I will listen to and be respective of other points of view.

That doesn’t mean I’m wishy-washy (I don’t think). It just means that no issue is that important to me. People are way more important.


  1. The Lorax says:

    Dean, I have to say I disagree with you on so many things but I really respect what you always have to say. You are reasonable and thoughtful and I can appreciate that in anyone, even someone I disagree with.

  2. This is what makes you one of the best and me proud to call you friend, despite your sins. : )

  3. deaninwaukesha says:

    @The Lorax: I appreciate the kind thoughts.

    @Sam: My friend, that means a lot.

  4. Amen

  5. That’s similar to why I’m a Libertarian… because I don’t know the best way for you to live your life.

  6. Randy in Richmond says:

    Dean, I appreciate your sharing your sentiments on this issue. My sense is you have given this lots of thought and consideration. (As an aside I love Lowry’s “Mary, Did You Know” whether sung by him or Natalie Cole.)

    I do have a concern with just ignoring the Great Commission as my understanding of it is to share–not condemn.

    The ‘other side’ on controversial issues do not necessarily consider them sins so they will not ‘hate them’ themselves as such. I agree it is not for us to pass judgement on them but neither do I feel I must somehow agree with them–and vica versa.

    All of us pass judgement all the time. When we give an opinion, we are being judgemental. All of us. Some like this less when it is perceived to be religious based and I fully understand that.

  7. deaninwaukesha says:

    Thanks, Randy. I think you make some good points.

    I would never advocate just agreeing with someone to get along. I have things that I believe in and I share them with people, but ultimately it’s up to them to do something about it.

    And if they refuse to do so, I can keep loving them just as Christ loves me. when I ignore Him.

  8. deaninwaukesha says:

    Nick, and that’s why I lean libertarian… 🙂

  9. in all due respect there are good Americans who do not prescribe to the evangelical preaching and to their savior. those people have principles that are moral and pro-American. take my wife ! oh be quiet Henny Youngmann. she is a devout Catholic and does not wear it on her sleeve the world to see and she does not preach for the sake of preaching. Lincoln had his priorites right. protect the union and save the country.