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CHRISTIAN: Don’t be SURPRISED if the WORLD HATES YOU! JESUS said they WOULD!

I know I had to say this.  It seems tough to be a follower of Christ these days.  Evil and sin are winning.  It seems that the Whittaker Chambers warned to his wife, Esther, that if they defected from communism that they were “leaving the winning world for the losing one” (from Witness) perhaps ought to be given as a warning at every altar call today.  For it seems we are indeed leaving a winning world for the losing one.  But the story is not done yet Praise Jesus!

But understand that follower of Jesus we will be hated for what we are.  Jesus Himself said so:

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If you were of this world, the world would love its own: but because you were not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15: 18-19 (KJV)

That about sums it up.  Jesus called us to leave the winning world for the losing world – or so it seems.  But we know better.  Jesus also said this:

“In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 (KJV)

We are actually leaving the losing world for the winning one.  But we will not be loved for taking a stand.  But we are hated?   Why??  Because the church has to call out sin and call people to righteousness and a relationship with a holy God.  And that convicts the world.  The Spirit is the vehicle that convicts the world:

“And when he (the Holy Spirit) is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment:”  John 16: 8 (KJV)

And each follower of Jesus has that Spirit and if they seek to do God’s will, they must follow the Spirit and reprove the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.  For Hebrews 9:27 says that it is appointed a man once to die and after that the judgment.  The world hates that so it must hate Jesus and His followers.

But I thought people would admire me for my faith and how I am true to it?  It is true some do.  But the vast majority of them are persons of some sort of faith.

It is also true that we have those who recognize the value of holy living:  keeping your word, being honest, obeying the laws of the land.  And we in the US (and Canada and Western Europe, too) used to have what I will call a civil religion – basically the Judeo-Christian moral ethic.  That was upheld as a societal norm.  This moral ethic bore from the depravity of the ancient world a higher calling.  But that civil religion has largely been removed from the public square and thus not relevant to millions.

My point is this:  If you become a follower of Christ, you will be hated by the world, not admired.  Any incidental admiration is in spite of what was promised by Jesus Himself.

Nevertheless, I never blog about Jesus (and if I blog I blog for God) without giving a reader the opportunity to leave what seems to be the winning world for the losing one!  Jesus said don’t come to Me without counting the cost.  (Luke 14: 26-35)  But the rewards are eternal:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should be perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16 (KJV)

Here is the place to go to find out how to know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.  If you are a follower of Jesus, you need to “occupy until [He] comes.”  (see Luke 19:13 [KJV])

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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