William Andrew Dillard

Now hold on just a minute, dear reader! Be slow to offense! Think with me a minute, and I am certain you will rejoice in the meaning of the title of this article. Of course, normally this word “abomination” carries with it only negative, abhorrent connotations, but there really is something valuable to consider here. It is embodied in the words of Solomon in Proverbs 29:27. “An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.” 

The idea presented by the word “abomination” in the ancient language denotes that which is to be considered unclean, detestable, disgusting, to be abhorred, etc. Certainly those ideas remain in the English translation.

Consider that the aforementioned verse of scripture sets forth reciprocal action. It means that everyone is indeed an abomination to someone. Therefore the important question to be answered is not “are you an abomination?” but “to whom are you an abomination?” The unjust man may be a dirty addict on skid row or a morally upright man determined to live life his own way in outright opposition to the teachings of the Holy Word. Across the spectrum of these tangents the just find those ways of life to be an abomination; to be avoided; ways to warn their young ones against. On the other hand, those who are upright in the Lord’s way of life are held in similar disgust and abomination by those who are wicked.
So, there is no escaping it. Everyone is an abomination to someone. Furthermore, both the just and the unjust will stand before Him Who created, owns, and will judge all things and all people. That being true, should it ever really be a question as to whom you want to be considered an abomination?

Ancient Joshua called all Israel to this decision long, long ago. He challenged Israel, saying: Choose you this day whom you will serve, but, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!

The children of the King must not look with longing eyes to the din, noise, and gaiety of the world’s crowd, with whom to be popular is death, rather they should revel in the sweet knowledge of being children of the King, citizens of heaven, and, yes, an abomination to them that perish. Those who realize this as their status, have all the reasons in the world to rejoice.

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