Then Jehu son of Hanani the seer went out to confront him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Do you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the LORD’s wrath is on you.” – 2 Chronicles 19:2
This little piece of King Jehoshaphat’s story raised a lot of questions for me. King Ahab (Israel) had asked for Jehoshaphat’s (Judah) help, he had agreed to offer it, Ahab had been killed, and then he had limped back home … probably wondering what had gone wrong. At this point in history, it was clear that Ahab was a wicked ruler and that King Jehoshaphat followed God.
Is it wrong to help a wicked person? Does God love the lost or does He detest them? Don’t all those who are “without Christ,” “hate” the Lord? Is God angry with us if we help those who oppose Him? How do we love them without helping them?
First of all, yes, God loves the lost. The Cross of Christ is all the proof we need. At the same time, God hates wickedness. Again, the Cross of Christ is our proof. God was angry with Jehoshaphat because he aided a wicked man in the accomplishment of his wicked plans and purposes. While we may find ourselves in a position to offer help to those who are without Christ we must be careful not to promote evil … or become an unwitting partner in it.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to lovingly say, “No.” It is also … often … the most “loving” thing to do for someone in need of Jesus.
Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? – Paul (2 Corinthians 6:14)