Proverbs 8:12-14 “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.”

Here in Proverbs 8 we’re given a very good description of what the fear of the Lord actually looks like. Fearing the Lord means hating evil. We hate evil because evil is opposed to God and it’s dangerous to us. We hate evil because evil is what destroys the relationship between us and God. A wise person hates evil because a wise person understands that evil is the thing that puts people at odds with God.

There will be a day when all evil is judged and therefore, we want to distance ourselves as far from it as possible! Wisdom HATES things like pride, arrogance and a perverse mouth. A wise person HATES SIN!

Psalms 119:53 says “Horror has taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake your law.”

As one who fears the Lord, thinking about the fate of those who do evil and the prospect of them standing in God’s horrific judgement sends a shiver down my spine!

In 1973 a man named Karl Menninger wrote a book called “Whatever Became of Sin”? A few years ago, I happened to pick this book up at a yard sale and read it out of curiosity. The book stressed that many of the problems that we face as a society are a direct result of the disappearing concept of sin. What that means is that we stopped calling sin…SIN. We've stopped using the word “sin” to describe evil behavior and we started using words like “mistake” instead. Let me tell you, most sins are not a mistake, most sins are deliberate evil actions by done by people with a fallen, sinful human nature.

Menninger recognized as far back as 1973 that we were on a slippery slope by refusing to call sin by its proper name and by re-classifying certain sins as “sicknesses” or “diseases”.

It’s unfortunate that we as a society have chosen to do away with so many of the Judeo-Christian principles and doctrines regarding good and evil and now we’re truly reaping the bad fruit of it. Biblical truth was the glue that held this nation together and now we no longer want to call sin…sin, much less call it evil! In fact, we’ve taken it one step further so that many people refuse to recognize that such a thing as sin even exists.

In 2008 the Oxford Junior Dictionary released its latest edition which dropped many words that they claimed were no longer in common use. Among the words dropped from the dictionary was…you guessed it, the word “sin”. And I’m telling you it’s only a matter of time before it’s dropped from the American lexicon as well. You see, the thinking is: If we can just do away with sin then we can do away with the need for a Savior.

If you asked the average person on the street “What is sin?” you would find that the world has no answer, but let me give you the definition of sin. “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). And what law might that be? It’s the Law of God; and we’ve all broken it; we’ve told lies, we’ve stolen, we’ve taken God’s name in vain, we’ve coveted, we’ve been disrespectful to our parents, we’ve ALL done something evil at one time or another!

Now, someone might say, “I don’t believe in God’s Law, so it doesn’t apply to me”. The truth is that God’s Laws are real whether you believe them or not. Let me illustrate…let’s say you get pulled over by “The Law”, or the Police, for going 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. Try telling the Cop that you shouldn’t get a ticket because you don’t believe in that law and see how well that works out for you!

It’s very clear that we’re all sinners. We all sin by violating God’s Law, but in the politically correct world we live in there’s just no room left for calling sin…SIN. It seems we’ve become tolerant towards everything except the truth that people sin and sin is evil.

You see, if we can just remove all of that talk of sin from our society then people will feel so much better about themselves, right? So let’s take prayer out of school, lets remove the 10 Commandments from our public places that way no one will even know what they are and if you break them out of ignorance then how’s that your fault?

Again, let’s go back to the speeding illustration. If you tell the cop who pulled you over that you shouldn’t get a ticket because you didn’t know that the speed limit was 30mph then he’ll say to you: “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”…and that’s why the Bible tells us in Romans 1 that we’re ALL “without” excuse because God has given us a conscience to know right from wrong and has told us to hate evil in His Word.

A politically correct nation can’t tolerate the biblical truth that we’re all sinners. A politically correct nation can’t tolerate the biblical truth that we’re all born in sin and we all fall short of God’s standards, and so we exchange the truth for cute little sayings like, “Nobody’s Perfect”. Well, that’s the whole point isn’t it?

Jesus said “Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

You see, that’s the high standard of GOODNESS that none of us can meet and that’s Jesus’ point…we’re NOT perfect, we’re NOT all basically good, we’re ALL born with an evil sin nature! We ALL sin and therefore we’re in ALL in trouble with God.

Slowly and I would say methodically, we’ve removed the fear of the Lord from our society and we’re being conditioned to be desensitized toward sin, so much so that most people can’t even recognize sin when they see it anymore, let alone speak out against it or hate it! Television, movies and the internet have been normalizing sin for decades. What, in the not-so-distant past, would've been considered scandalous sinful, wicked, evil behavior is now being lifted up as the norm and is even celebrated today!

Isaiah 5:20-21  says “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”

Sexual immorality, violence and profanity abound…not only downtown in the red-light districts…but in our living rooms coming out of our TVs and our children have been taught to accept and embrace these evil behaviors that the Bible clearly teaches are sinful and destructive!

As a society, we’ve NOT chosen to “hate evil”, instead we’ve decided that we’ll “tolerate” evil. “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil”! This is what’s missing from our society and culture today! We claim to live in an “enlightened” society. We claim to live in a civilized, modern society that is “tolerant” of others. Unfortunately, we’ve gotten to a place where we tolerate far more than we should!

I wonder, is it just that our ancestors were a bunch of prudes or could it be that they were actually more enlightened to the truth than we are?

We can’t tolerate evil, we need to “hate evil” because God hates evil! God doesn’t tolerate sin and neither should we. It’s unwise to do so and today much of our culture has neglected and rejected this most basic instruction.

When we fear the Lord, we WILL hate evil and if I’m going to have a right relationship with God, if I’m going to be in fellowship with God, then I must hate the evil in my own life AND in the lives of others as well.

 “Well that’s not very tolerant”…EXACTLY.

 WISE UP! And stop being tolerant of evil!