When I saw the “Hate Has No Home Here” yard signs around the neighborhood, I was not especially surprised. We can be quite stupid. So, I thought, “here is another educational opportunity.”
I started with a little research. The first thing I saw was websites trying to sell the yard signs. Then I saw articles unhappy with the signs. Then I saw an article peddling LGBT spinoff and an article condemning the nypost.com article. Here are some of the more interesting articles.
- In Your Neighborhood, Does ‘Love Live Here’ Or ‘Hate Have No Home Here’? (thefederalist.com)
- Who posts ‘Hate Has No Home Here’ signs outside their homes? (americanthinker.com)
- Why ‘No Hate Here’ signs are actually pretty hateful (nypost.com)
- ✔ OFFICIAL Lgbt Hate has no home here yard signs (medium.com)
- Conservative: “Hate Has No Home Here” Signs Are Cause of Division (patheos.com)
Then I look into the Bible.
Where is that “Hate Has No Home Here” yard sign coming from? Since our nation has a Christian heritage, the people who display the sign may either be Atheists or Christians. Whether we realize it or not, the Christians who preceded us still inform our moral codes. That’s one reason the Bible remains relevant even to Atheists, especially a passage like this.
1 John 4:15-21 New American Standard Bible
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has [a]for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear [b]involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
Does the fact we are not suppose to hate our brother mean we are not allowed to hate, that it is wrong to hate? No, but some see only the command to love our brothers (and sisters, of course). Our brothers are Christians. Since Christians are God’s children, we had better not hate those whom God loves. In fact, we should not hate other people. Nevertheless, they are things God hates, and what God hates we should also hate.
What are some examples?
God hates idols and human sacrifice.
Deuteronomy 12:31 New American Standard Bible
31 You shall not behave thus toward the Lord your God, for every abominable act which the Lord hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
We should hate wickedness.
Psalm 45:7 New American Standard Bible
7 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
We should hate evil.
Psalm 97:10 New American Standard Bible
10 Hate evil, you who love the Lord,
Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
We should hate divorce.
Malachi 2:16 New American Standard Bible
16 For [a]I hate [b]divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “and [c]him who covers his garment with [d]wrong,” says the Lord of hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”
Of course, the New Testament approves of the Old Testament.
Hebrews 1:8-9 New American Standard Bible
8 But of the Son He says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
And the righteous scepter is the scepter of[a]His kingdom.
9 “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness above Your companions.
Does God hate sinners? I guess not, but He does love justice.
Revelation 6:9-11 New American Standard Bible
The Fifth Seal—Martyrs
9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O [a]Lord, holy and true, [b]will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.
Think the God of the New Testament is mild or even indifferent to evil? Revelation says otherwise. God has all eternity, all the time He needs to avenge the evil we have done. So, He waits for exactly the right time. Therefore, it is best to repent and ask forgiveness now.
What about that sign? What exactly is wrong with it? Well, if “hate” does not have a home “here”, then neither does love. That is because we hate the things that hurt the people we love. That hate motivates us to demand justice, and justice requires punishment.