Have you ever come across a person that is confrontational just for the sake of being confrontational? They attack your work or attack you personally. I do not mean that they physically hit you. What I mean is that they attack what you say, your character, your behavior, your ministry, your marriage, your parenting, they attack you because for some reason they just do not like you.
Haters like to attack and run away. They cannot stand to be challenged or engaged. They just want to hit and run. Critics on the other hand will entertain conversation. They will respond and hopefully challenge you to become better. Haters just want to hate. They want to criticize for the sake of being critical. It is not a reflection on you. It is a heart issue. Haters attack and run because they are cowardly and judgmental.
For example. There is not a shortage of haters on the church and preachers. People just love to hate on a man that is chasing after Jesus and doing what he believes Jesus has called him to do. John Calvin had his haters. Martin Luther had haters. Charles Spurgeon had haters. Billy Graham had haters.
In 2012, preachers still have haters. The haters just like to attack preachers through means like Twitter, Facebook and blogs. They will be sarcastic and critical and then never respond to comments, questions, or challenges.
You can find that haters love to take what preachers say or write out of context. They love to put their spin on it to try and show people that they are right and the preacher is wrong. Mark Driscoll, John Piper, Rick Warren, Steven Furtick, Andy Stanley, and Perry Noble are just a few of the preachers I am aware of today that people love to blast on blogs and YouTube. Why?
Maybe it is because God has blessed these pastors with good ministries. Every week they reach many people with the gospel. Perhaps they are hated because they all have “mega” churches. You cannot knock the fact that God is working in their churches. Every week people are getting saved. People are getting discipled. People are learning to follow passionately after Christ. People are learning to serve.
Maybe it is because these men preach the truth. They are not afraid to preach the whole counsel of God. There is not a verse of Scripture left untouched. They will preach all of the Bible because they are compelled by Christ to preach. They will not back down from the hard truths. Part of truth is that it is sometimes hard, difficult and uncomfortable.
Face it. Truth is confrontational. The Scripture confronts what is in you that is not conforming to the image of Christ. The Scripture calls us to confession, repentance, and change.
The Bible is packed with examples of the prophets, the apostles, and the church who all had their share of haters. Even Jesus had haters.
As long as there are preachers who preach the Word unashamedly, unapologetically, powerfully, not backing down or watering it down, there will always be haters.