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Can love the sinner

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

A recent letter to the editor expressed negativity about the phrase “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”

It seemed the earlier letter writer thought that it was hypocritical and implied that it was not even possible to do – that if one hated what the person did, one must hate the person.

Not so!

Think about it. “Loving the sinner, but hating the sin” is something parents do all the time with their children.

Do parents love their children any the less when the kids are disobedient? No. The parents just want their children to do the right thing, but it does not affect their love for their children in any way.

It can happen that children think they are not loved when they are reproved for their actions by parents, but that does not make it true. And it can be that people hate others for their actions, but it still does not negate the goal – to love the sinner and hate the sin.

This is something parents do every day without even thinking about it. Many times every day. Let’s keep it up.

Paula Lambrecht

Crystal Lake

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