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The World Will Hate Us!

John 15:18

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.

RayBlogTelly Savalas – the lollipop sucking TV police officer from Kojak – use to say who loves you baby on his popular show.  Positive parenting suggests that we tell our children often that we love them as they grow.  I haven’t been in my granddaughter’s presence even once without telling her that her pop loves her.  We’re told by many experts that self-esteem is important to a child’s development.  Most of us can attest to what a positive or negative workplace can do for our attitude.

Yet here we are – with the very words of Jesus – informing us that the world will hate us – if the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  What does Jesus mean by this statement?  What kind of warning are we getting?  It is such a clear statement that John repeats it in his epistle – 1 John 3:13 – Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.

Unfortunately way too many who call themselves after Christ wish to be thought well of by the world.  Political Correctness is something that comes from those who want to fit in with the society – the world – rather than state the truth – in love.  We see this in the church today when some are trying to call the sinful homosexual lifestyle an acceptable alternative lifestyle.  Please don’t read this devotional thought wrong.  I believe Christians should have open arms for all people – because we are all sinners saved by grace. But sin is sin!

Jesus-on-Cross-t-1Recently one pastor who holds to the Biblical truth on sin in relationship with homosexuality – Louie Giglio – withdrew from praying at the Inauguration while Adam Hamilton – pastor of one of our largest United Methodist Churches – was able to pray at the President’s recent inauguration because Adam sides with the President’s view on homosexuality.  Here is an article from the Washington Post where Adam’s view on homosexuality is presented.  He says many have the wrong view on what the Bible says about homosexuality (Adam’s article).  He believes that one day homosexuals will be accepted by the church and he compares it to the issue over slavery and the way persons of color were treated by our nation and some churches.

Adam Hamilton’s Article “On homosexuality many Christians get the Bible wrong”

It won’t be long before articles like this one or sermons preached about the Biblical view of sin – any sin – will be labeled hate crimes and forbidden.  An example of how the world hates our worldview – one only needs to turn on a TV for a few moments.  One network has actually taken aim at Christianity already – outwardly!  Read this article about NBC and their attack on Christians.  After reading this article I’m glad my few favorite shows are not on NBC – not that the other channels are completely innocent.  It is rare to find Christians portrayed in a positive light.  Homosexuals are portrayed in positive ways.  Promiscuous/adulterous/womanizing heterosexuals are portrayed in positive ways.  Alcoholics and drug abusers are portrayed in positive ways – and on the list could go – but Christians are most often portrayed as dimwitted and backward thinking.

NBC declares war on Christianity

A good question was raised in this article about NBC.  Why is it OK to attack Christians in our society but not Muslims or Jews or other religions?  If the media attacked other religions or other segments of our society the way they attack Christians – all sorts of trouble would happen.  But it is OK to put up trash SNL (Saturday Night Live) skits about Jesus or air movies that present Jesus as a womanizer – homosexual or even a violent person.  Jesus tried to warn us – if the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.

What we need to realize is that we are foreigners here – not only in America but the whole globe.  We were told that too in scripture – after presenting many Godly people the author to Hebrews writes – Hebrew 11:13-16 – 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

All we can hope for is to be faithful to our Lord – not to receive anything but to live in the fullness of the gift He has given us (more on that in another devotional thought).  The best we can do in this world is to live in such a way as to let Jesus shine in us – through us – and in spite of us!  Remember what Jesus faced!  He warned us!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

P.S. – thanks to my Facebook friend – Wesley Putnam – an Asbury Theological Seminary graduate and a member of the Texas Annual Conference for posting these articles on his Facebook page and bringing them to my attention.

February 20, 2013 - Posted by | Church, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Outreach, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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