Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? — Ezekiel 18:23, ESV
Shouldn't God's desires be ours? Shouldn't we be striving to have the same passions and wants as the God that we claim to follow and serve? Isn't it amazing how quick we are to set ourselves up against the people that we don't like and make them out to be people that God doesn't love? An example: If you're a republican, God is against the democrats. If you're a democrat, he's against the republicans. Realize this: God is against sin. Some would say, "Exactly. That's what I'm saying." However, to say that and then be okay with other people of different groups/religions/cultures, etc... pass by without Christ and be okay with their separation from God proves that you do not have the heart of God. As Christians, our hearts should be after the same things as Jesus' heart. What is his preference? That the "wicked" would come to him and live. That's his preference. That's his desire. He does not take delight in the death of those who do not know him. Do I? Do you? If so, shame on us.