Depending upon the church you attend or attended, pastors focus on different aspects of Christianity. Some emphasize altar calls, asking convicted hearts to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus. Others challenge believers to live out their faith seven days a week, being a light to the world outside of church. Unfortunately, few discuss a painful reality, obedience to God brings opposition from the world.
“If the world hates you [and it does], know that it has hated Me before it hated you,” John 15:18.
In the past two months, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been verbally crucified by the media daily. While sexual assault accusations have received most of the headlines, you have to read between the lines understand the motivation behind these attacks. First, Kavanaugh is a devout Catholic who isn’t afraid to express his faith. Second, Kavanaugh will likely defend and protect pro-life cases. Thus, an obedience to support life in the past has alarmed abortion activists to attack this man of God.
19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love [you as] its own and would treat you with affection. But you are not of the world [you no longer belong to it], but I have chosen you out of the world. And because of this the world hates you, John 15:19.
No one wants to be hated. Human nature creates a desire within to be embraced and loved. Yet, one day Jesus revealed a side of Christianity to his disciples that is hard to grasp. Obedience to God brings opposition? Really? Well, if your life is a living example of Christ, shining light into darkness, this will expose flaws within the lives of others. Thus, this will lead to resentment and in some cases hatred. Therefore, if you want a complete perspective of what to expect as a Christian living in 2018, obedience to God brings opposition from the world.
by Jay Mankus