Why Does The World Hate Us Christian!!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Why Does The World Hate Us!!!

John 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
John 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
John 15:23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
John 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

Jesus was hated by the world, for no other reason than He had come to reveal the Father. As those who are associated with Jesus we should accept the same level of hate.

Yes, “Hate” is a strong word.
When hate occurs it can sometimes be difficult to deal with.
When a marriage of 30 years becomes, “I hate you” – that is difficult.
When a business partnership ends with “I hate you” – it causes hurt.
When acts of generosity are responded to with “I hate you” – we might wonder why we cared.
When we hear the words they tear our heart.
Often we will do all we can to avoid “hate”.
We don’t want people to hate us … do we.
Sometimes we will have to make a decision and we will even say to others, “please don’t hate me.”

Hate! Seven times it comes up in these verses.
Jesus is making it very clear that this will be the response of the world to Christians.
And those to whom John was first writing know what John is talking about.
The loving and kind acts of the Christians has been turned around to be a sign of evil.

One of the things that confuses many Christians is the attitude of non-Christians toward them. Most of us think that since we go to the world with the greatest and most important message in all of history that the world would applaud and cheer. For the most part, people are not waiting for that message with open arms. In fact, the Bible says that the world does not want us or our message. They hate us. Hate? That is what Jesus said.

Why does the world hate Christians?
First because they hated Jesus first. In the word of God he warns us we will be hated.

Christians are different.

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hate you.”
People do not want to think they are sinners, that we are all bad, or not good. I have two examples that will show how without trying “we as Christians” can offend without even trying.

First one is at the wake of my Mother the Pastor during the gospel part of service said “We are all sinners, none are good, we need Jesus for salvation”; Well an Aunt and a few others were livid about being called a sinner. For years after the fact I would hear how awful this Pastor was for calling us all sinners. I heard “I am not a sinner, I never killed anyone, never cheated on my husband, never stold a thing”. Sadly my Mom also would be angry at being called a sinner.
Second incident (and I have many more), Years ago when out with a family get together I would have a beer, or a glass of wine. Well the Lord had pricked my heart and let me know this was something I should not take part in. Well the first get together that I did not join in with the consumption of alcohol; It drove people crazy. People would say the beer is in the fridge just grab one. I got some ice water. Someone else said “You know there is wine”. When it was obvious I was not drinking alcohol, I was told “well I am still going to have a beer” “are you trying to make us feel bad for drinking”. I was no longer asked to join them. Sadly even if we don’t give the truth from the bible we offend others by living for Jesus!

You cannot reconcile the war between the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God.
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

You cannot be a friend of that which hates the Father. The world says: disobey God, forget God, don’t follow God, leave God out, forsake God. You can’t be a friend of something like that. You can’t have God and the world.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

How do you know when the world is telling you what to do? Can you include God? Anything that keeps you from including God is worldly.
As a Christian, what can I do? Anything God can do with you. If Jesus has to wait outside while you do it, DON’T DO IT!

You love what you spend your time, your money and your energy on. If very little of it is going to God, then God is not the One you love.
The more you look like Christ the more the world is going to treat you the same way it treated Him. When you don’t act, talk or think like the world does, you are going to make the crowd uncomfortable. You are not going to be “one of us.” The fact is you are not. Once we have “chosen God” the world will hate us as it hates the Holy and Righteous Lord. Those who have decided to try and live in both worlds, are those who have become at home in the world. Life on this earth is all they live for. They spend their lives trying to get the things of this world. Their values are wrapped up in power, pleasure and possessions.
Because Christians insist on an absolute standard.

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
If the church today is not undergoing persecution it may be because there is very little distinction between the world and the church.

Religious surveys consistently show that there are no noticeable differences between the lifestyles of those who attend church and those who do not. Church members wear the same clothes as the secular culture, watch the same movies, get divorced at the same rate, buy as many lottery tickets, have as many affairs and use just as many questionable business practices. The secular culture has so invaded the minds and hearts of those in the church both in the pew and the pulpit, that the godless society sees nothing about the church worth persecuting. That in itself may be the most telling criticism the church faces today. The enemy will not attack his own. If there is no threat to him why would he attack.

They hated Jesus because they did not know the Father. They will hate you because they don’t know Jesus.

John 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
If Jesus had just healed people sat and talked with the people and feeding people, there wouldn’t have been any trouble. But He exposed their sin. As soon as someone has their sin exposed we create an enemy!!!

Everything is to be measured against Jesus. When you live a life that imitates Christ it will bring to mind their own sins. They do not want a Christian who reflects God’s holiness. Folks don’t want to hear “we all sin.” They don’t want to be confronted by a higher standard. That is why they are so quick to latch on to anything negative they hear about the church.

Because Christians remind them of the God they hate.
John 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

“Harry Ironside told the story of the missionary in Africa. In a very backward village, he left a mirror hanging on a tree after shaving. The wife of the tribal chief came along and looked into it. She had never seen a mirror before. She asked “Who is that ugly woman?” When the missionary explained the mirror to her and told her that it was she. She got made, threw the mirror down and crushed it”.
The world doesn’t want to be shown what it looks like. It makes them mad. They can’t take out their hatred on Christ, so they take it out on you.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
The Holy Spirit witnesses and you witness. You have a strength beyond yourself ot go on in your Christian witness. A witness is someone who simply tells what he or she has experienced.

The GOSPEL is the message that we are called to share with a lost world. We know who we are in Christ and we know where we will spend eternity. And we know how they can have the same assurance.
It is not a popular message. Most will reject it. Sharing the message may make you very unpopular with people. But you will be popular with the Christ who first brought it and received an even worse reception. Remember this life is a vapor, better to live here according to how the Lord would have us to live. It is so much better to be pleasing to Our lord and Savior to anyone else.
I’VE FOUND A FRIEND IN JESUS
I’ve found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Apple-tree of trees, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay,
He tells me every care on Him to roll:
He’s the Apple-tree of trees, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.
He all my griefs has taken, and all my sorrows borne;
In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tower;
I’ve all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
From my heart, and now He keeps me by His power.
Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore,
Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal:
He’s the Apple-tree of trees, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.
He’ll never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessed will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
With His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face,
Where rivers of delight shall ever roll:
He’s the Apple-tree of trees, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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