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Why the world hates the Church

John 15:18 (NIV) If the world hates you, remember they hated me first.

So at first sight the church finds pride in this statement. I have heard many Christian ministers say, “The world hates us because we are followers of Christ.” And Jesus did say it, but do they hate us like they hated Christ.

We need to first understand why they hated Christ.

19If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

They hated Jesus because he was not like the world. He was a shining light in the midst of darkness. If we were like him then they would hate us for that reason. They would see the truth of the gospel and the spirit would convict them. Their hatred would stem from the conviction that was why they hated Christ. I don’t believe that is why they hate us.

They hate us not because we are like Christ, but because we are like the world. They hate that we indulge in the same sins, but then turn and pretend that we have it all together. They hate that we stand for something in the daylight, but when the lights are out we scurry around like cockroaches covered in stench and filth.

The world hates that we speak out of both sides of our mouths. We are double minded. We say we believe in God, but still seek after the things of the world. We truly have nothing to stand for, but we pretend to stand for everything.

In James 1:6-8 NLT is says:

6But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

They hate us because we are fake. Jesus was genuine in everything he did. We too need to be genuine. Does that mean to be perfect? No. It simply means real. The Christians that reach the world are those who fail at life. The stumble and they fall, but they are honest about it. They do not attempt to hide it in the shadows and sugar coat the consequences.

The world needs to see that we are human. We are in the world, but because of the amazing Grace of Christ we are not of the world.

Stop glorying in the hate the world has against you. Instead start being the shining love that Christ created you to be.

Truth in Media

Polish fan holding a flare gets burned when security guard sprays him with pepper spray.
Polish fan holding a flare gets burned when security guard sprays him with pepper spray.

So we all know that media shows what they want us to see. Many times we only see part of the big picture and it makes it look much worse than it actually is. Take a look at the attached picture. How does it make you feel? What is going on? Did the offender get what he deserved? Who is to blame?

Obviously, you know that I am going to prove your initial response as inaccurate. In the picture it is blatantly obvious that the fan was being prayed with pepper spray from the security guard who was supposed to be reacting non-violently. The guard did not have a weapon and he was acting with the proper authority.

However, the fan looks as if he is engulfed in flames. He looks as if a flamethrower is being used to burn him to death. That is what the media who posted this picture wants us to think. They want us to believe that the viscous guard was out to kill this Soccer (Football) fan.

However that is not what happened at all. The fans brought flares into the arena. This fan had climbed up in an unauthorized area and would not get down. He was endangering himself and the other fans, as well as the staff and player.

The guards went in to get him down and sprayed him with pepper spray. It is unknown if the guard realized that the aerosol spray would react with the flare. (If I was the guard, I would never have thought about. Like the time I sprayed bug spray too close to a camp fire.)

In the video below you will see that the flame flared up for a split second, the guard stopped spraying, and the fan dropped the flare and ran off. The fan may have left with a little bit of singed hair and smoky clothes. He was probably more damaged by the pepper spray in his nose mouth and eye, than the brief inferno.

Don’t believe everything you see in the media, the media can spin everything the way they want you to see it. It makes you wonder what else they are lying about.