Hate evil, and love good,
and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,
will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
G.K. Chesterton once observed that tolerance is the one virtue we have left when we have abandoned all our principles. That diagnosis goes rather far in explaining what is wrong with our culture at the present hour. Where God calls us to hate evil and love good, we have opted to make the insane attempt at calling good and evil pretty much the same thing. Hey! Who’s to judge? The difficulty with this attempt is that what inevitably follows is not a world free of guilt and judgment, but merely world that insanely fixates on certain minor no-no’s like smoking as mortal sins, that persecutes and condemns the innocent (like people attempting speak out on behalf of the unborn) and that turns a blind eye to real evil (“Dr. Kevorkian is a ‘nice man’”. “‘Piss Christ’ is ‘daring art’. An unborn child having its brain sucked out in the very moment of birth is ‘fetal material’”.) The call of the Christian is to make real judgments, not of a person’s eternal standing before God, but of the goodness or evil, truth or falsehood, of the things said and done in the world and to exercise our office as prophets, priests and kings in Christ to mend the world and preserve what is of him in it. “It may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious” to us yet. But for that to happen we must receive his gracious gift of the Spirit, of truth, and of love to exercise our birthright as children of God in this fallen world.