Hate It!
Off The Wall, December 11, 2009

Here I write a column called “Hate it!” all the time while listening to wonderfully performed classical music. Now, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that many readers will quickly arrive at thoughts in their minds that they hate that type of entertainment. But that goes to show you that not all of us like the same thing, doesn’t it?

I’m sure you have your list of things you hate just as I have mine. To give a couple of examples, I hate it that so many Americans go hungry daily in this land where there is an abundance of food. As one suffering with low blood pressure, I can’t stand being cold. And third, I hate it when people use the name of the Lord in van in my presence.

Journalists are instructed not to use big words. When I began in this field, I was told to write for an eighth grade level. Now it’s fifth, or even lower as that could be. So, when I mention the word abomination, many may not know what that word means. Its definition is, “to abhor, hate or detest." Those are pretty strong words right there.

Back in the beginning of July, I put out a survey to those in my address book stating, “Name three things that you detest and tell me why?” I got answers such as being fat, people driving with cell phones, lying, immorality on TV, people arriving for Mass late, and then leaving early,” and one fellow who commented, “decorative pillows and collectible spoons, because what purpose do they really serve?”

You can imagine the statements made that coincided with the things people hated. I agree that “because of excessive wasting of food and water, so many go without these basic necessities…”, or “All we see on TV is sex, sex, sex. I rarely watch television anymore,” and finally, “When one lies, it takes a lot to win back trust.”

So, at least now, we have a flavor of what’s going on with the word “abomination”.

I was surprised from the many emails I received that no mentioned the most mentioned abomination that so many people talk about today – homosexuality. Up to prior to doing my survey, I always heard those two words used today. I never thought about either word and let both sail right over my head until one day I was reading the Book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible and noted one abomination after another. I decided to Google the word “abomination” and see if I could find a website explaining just how many times that word in question was mentioned in the Bible. One reference revealed, “70 to 123 times.”

Whether that is true or not is not the issue. Let’s say, for instance, we change the number from that to 50 to 100 times. Biblically speaking, the abominations mentioned are God’s intimate feelings on where He stands as per certain subject matter.

Proverbs 6:16 we read, “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil, the false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers.”

So, we have a good many to go, too many for me to even discuss. Before I mention any others, let me remind you what the word means – to hate, abhor and detest. God detests these things He labels as abominations. Onward.

The followings are also abominations as listed in Proverbs: A scoundrel, a villain who deals in a crooked talk, one who winks his eyes, makes signs with his fingers, one who has perversity in his heart, is always plotting evil and sows discord. Every proud man is an abomination. He who condones the wicked, he who condemns the just, are both an abomination to the Lord. He hates pride and arrogance; despising one’s neighbor; the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord. A matter of fact, I have been doing something as well as Uncle Sam that God hates, and I have been working on getting away from it – pointing at others when I speak. For that, too is an abomination.

Now that we are getting ever so close to Christmas, let us all work on ways we can please God. Instead of doing things that He despises, let work together and show Him through our thoughts and actions that we do love Him. We should all be most thankful for His sending Jesus Christ into the world so we may learn of His love. I think, in my opinion, we seem to celebrate His birthday extravagantly. Whether it’s from the heart for Him, I’m still in question.

If I may make a suggestion, read through Proverbs. It doesn’t take long. Then you will come to realize ways that are abominations and actions He loves. Let’s work on the latter.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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