As you can imagine, VCCA regularly receives education catalogues from different publishing houses. Pembroke Publisher’s catalogue included a sheet with Quotations about Hate from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Drake, and Miley Cyrus. Lady Gaga’s quote as, “It is always wrong to hate, but it’s never wrong to love.” It makes sense that the author of the book Stop the Hate for Goodness Sake, would select eighteen non-Christian celebrities to educate his readers about hate when the main theme that came through was hatred should be hated.

How does God view hate?

“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”
Proverbs 10:12

“These six things doth the LORD hate; yea seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among bretheren.”
Proverbs 6:16-19

“A time to love, and a time to hate, a time of war, and a time of peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3:8

Hate from God’s perspective is more nuanced than Lady Gaga’s quote would have us to believe. Love and hate from the Bible’s perspective are connected with regard to their relationship to righteousness and the more we are conformed to the image of Christ the more we will love what God loves and hate what God hates. In fact, we will love to hate what God hates and hate not to love what God loves. Classical Kingdom Education is primarily about the reordering of our affections through the renewing of our minds, so when talking about hate with your children remind them hate it is a strong word, not a wrong word.