“If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours. But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they don’t know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin. The one who hates Me also hates My Father. If I had not done the works among them that no one else has done, they would not have sin. Now they have seen and hated both Me and My Father.” John 15:18-24 HCSB.
Someone once told me, “I do not hate.” This was in response to this person’s powerful statement of bitter resentment of what I had to say concerning the homosexual movement in America and specifically her church. But her problem is simple, in spite of her 4-word statement, the defense she takes for the homosexual community demonstrates not only a lack of understanding of God’s Word, but a denial of Jesus Christ. To deny Him is to hate Him and to hate Him is to hate anyone who has chosen to believe in Him as Lord and Savior. This is the difficulty that we Christians, Believers and Followers of Jesus Christ find it so difficult in the communities where we live. We who know Him and live according to His standards will and have suffered the consequences of hatred from people living around us. For just as Jesus said, “But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they don’t know the One who sent Me.” verse 21.
You and I who claim to know Jesus Christ will be…WILL BE..hated profusely by those who do not know Him. If you are speaking the truth about what you believe, your friends will be limited to those who think and believe just as you do. And, yes, you will be seen as being ‘narrow minded’ because your world-view is biblical. Their world-view is dark and sinister because they are of this world and you are not. They will say that you are “Holier than thou,” but do not be discouraged BECAUSE you are holy and righteous, and they are not. “Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16. (I encourage you to read at least the 1st chapter of 1st Peter.) In other words, separate yourself from the thinking and actions of those around you who may claim to be ‘Christian’ but are not. For you will know who they are by what they do. Their talk will match their walk, and their walk will match their talk…always.
This, my dear ones, is the reason you are not liked, but are rather hated by those around you. For Jesus is Lord.