Hate Evil and Love Good!

Amos 5:15

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.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • Good point, Mark, about tolerance: We fixate “on certain minor no-no’s like smoking,” i.e we strain out the gnat but swallow the camel. In the name of the unholy trinity of tolerance, diversity and choice; the culture of death becomes the sacred cow, or rather the sacred camel, of the Western World.