“Love is blind, and lovers can’t see the silly things they do around each other”
– Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice
Is love really blind?
I don’t think so.
Hate is blind. Love sees.
God loves us completely wholly and purely. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39).
If love is blind, than God would be blind. That can’t be true.
Why do I think this is something worth blogging about? I don’t want to talk about Love, because knowing God through discussing love is something we’ve all heard before. I want to talk about God by discussing hate. Even through hate can the true nature of God be revealed.
Hate is Blind
What does it mean to hate someone? We say it all the time. Someone mentions a person’s name and we say ‘ugh I don’t like that person’ ‘oh, gosh she’s not my favorite’ ‘man, he bugs me so much.’ Even if we don’t verbally express our distaste for someone, we think about it an awful lot.
Think about a person who you don’t like very much. Perhaps they do something that is a pet peeve of yours. Or perhaps they do something that rubs you the wrong way. Maybe they’ve done something to hurt you in the past. Often times it is something small that makes us dislike a person. We find a trait we don’t like, and we decide that the person is unlikable to us. Every time we see that person, all we see is that one fault. We magnify the aspects we dislike and let them blind us. Often times we refuse to believe there is any other trait in that person which could overpower the trait we dislike.
God Does not Hate
Why do we hate? Is it because we have amazing judgement of people and our ability to perceive their flaws permits us to hate them and be justified? Do we dislike people because with our human intellect we are capable or seeing a person and deeming them lovable or not? Can we hate because we know a person so well that they are undeserving of our affection? No. No. No. We hate because we are weak human beings who cannot truly know another person. Whether we are in a serious relationship with someone or we have met someone for the first time, our knowledge about that individual is extremely limited by our human nature. We exist in time, and therefore we know a person at a specific time and base our relationship with them on that. Perhaps the person that you hate did something to hurt you but only because he himself was hurting. Perhaps the pet peeve that someone has that irks you is something that person struggles with because of a traumatic event in their past. We hate because we are human. We love because God has loved us. The only reason we can love someone is because God has created us in his image and likeness. We participate in love only because God loves first.
We cannot hate a person. It is impossible for us to actually hate an entire person. This is because God created the person and therefore the person is a good and beautiful masterpiece of the Father. But it is also impossible for us to hate a person, because we don’t know everything about that person. We hate only an aspect of that person. And often times, that aspect blinds us to the rest of the person. Hate is blind. Love frees us from the shackles of sightlessness. “The blind will be able to see, and the deaf will hear. The lame will leap and dance, and those who cannot speak will shout for joy” (Isaiah 35:5). God cannot hate an individual because he sees the person in their totality. He is outside time, so when he has a relationship with a human being it encompasses everything that they are. It leaves nothing out, “The very hairs of your head are all numbered: (Luke 12:7).
Hate Reveals the Awesomeness of God
The very fact that we hate, reveals to us how much we need God. We are imperfect creatures, and in order to love truly and have authentic relationships with people, we NEED God. God loves us in our weaknesses. He loves us because he sees more then our sins. We dislike people because we are blind to their intrinsic goodness and see only their faults. “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses” (Proverbs 10:12).
Christ asks us to love our neighbor. Take a minute to realize what this means. “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness” (1 John 2:9). We may dislike a person, but does God dislike that person? Absolutely not. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34). Can we love like God? Can we look past peoples faults and failures and see the creation God has put in front of us? Or do we continue to hate them and live in blindness?