Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
-Psalm 97:10, NIV
Like anger, hate often is treated as always wrong among Christians. It is not!
Here in Psalm 97, we have a command to hate. In fact, it is arguable that not to hate is sin.
Let that sink in.
To be fair, this hatred is not a personalized hatred. The psalmist here does not command us to direct our hatred at a particular individual or group of people.
It is a hatred directed at the enemy of godliness and spiritual wholeness:
Adultery is evil (see Deuteronomy 22:22).
Anyone who has encountered adultery’s destruction in an intimate way understands this spiritual truth. And they likely understand from a gut-level the psalmist command here to hate said evil.
God’s heart is attuned to hate evil for evil destroys the good of His creation.
I question the maturity of any Christian who does not hate adultery for such evil is certainly hated by God.
A Christian indifferent to adultery is a Christian who fails to have or understand God’s heart on the matter.
So, when is hating godly?
Answer: Hating is godly when we are hating evil like the evil known as adultery.