Letters to the Editor

Let love be without hypocrisy

Originally Appeared in : 9901-1/3/19
In an article in your November 22 issue, “Identify with the suffering of all God’s people,” the author says that the statement, “Love the sinner, but hate the sin,” is equivalent to blaming someone. This translation is inaccurate.
1 Corinthians 13 says, “Love hopes all things.” Therefore, the above statement translates, “Hope in the sinner, but hate the sin.” Yes, it says, “I love you, but I hate what you are doing.”
This insight is not blaming. It is calling attention to a wrongdoing and seeing a better future. In John 8, Jesus tells an adulteress that he does not condemn her, but tells her to “go and sin no more.” In other words, I love you but what you have been doing is wrong.
Many social charities make great sacrifices living out this ideal. Alcoholics Anonymous, Courage, Halfway houses, Rachel’s Vineyard love those they serve but hate the sin that cripples them. Their selfless work says to their members, “Alcoholism, homosexuality, drug abuse, abortion...is wrong, and we love you and believe you are better than the lifestyle in which you struggle.”
These services are similar to a good doctor who labels the sickness in a patient and helps the patient rid of what ails him. “Love the sinner, but hate the sin,” is not blaming. It is identifying and rescuing.
Ultimately, God’s greatest mercy, purgatory, shows God’s love but also his desire for us to be stripped of what is evil in us making us worthy to enter into His Kingdom.
Romans 12:9 says in order for love to be genuine it must hate sin. St. Paul writes, “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.”
“Love the sinner, but hate the sin” is a heroic and pure way of loving your neighbor.
Rose Bernard
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Augusta, GA

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