Pet Peeves

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him” (Proverbs 6:16).
“Pet Peeve — somebody’s constant issue, or complaint” (Webster’s). Often the phrase refers to relatively minor irritations that get on people’s nerves.
My pet peeves are:
* People who deface property — any property, from shooting out street lights to graffiti, to trashing up public places such as church buildings or schools.
* Excessively loud music thumping from the open windows of a car. The worse the taste in music, the louder it’s played.
* Older people who forget they weren’t perfect when they were teenagers.
* Teenagers who look right through you when you greet them because you’re older.
* Christians who habitually refuse to sing in worship.
* People who have “control issues.” They rarely have better ideas than others, they just think they should impose those ideas on everyone else!
God has some pet peeves too. He even takes the trouble to let us know what they are.
For the record, the seven things that really irritate God are: Pride (“haughty eyes”), dishonesty (“a lying tongue”), violence (“hands that shed innocent blood”), evil intentions (“a heart that devises wicked schemes”), an obsession with sinful actions (“feet that are quick to rush into evil”), gossips and slanderers (“a false witness that pours out lies”), and people who divide churches (“and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers”)(Proverbs 6:17-19).
A reminder, however. The Lord’s pet peeves aren’t minor matters. If certain things get on God’s nerves, it’s time to pay attention!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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