Being a Christian Means Being an Outsider
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater that his master’ ” (John 15:18-20, NIV).
Jesus shared these words of wisdom with the disciples before His arrest and crucifixion. Knowing His time with them was coming to an end, He prepared His chosen for the trials and tribulations He knew they would endure. While most of our trials pale in comparison to the torture and persecution the disciples experienced, we may, from time to time, face opposition for our faith.
I once had a discussion about Christ with a friend at work. Soon after, we were both called into our manager’s office. The manager admonished us for having the discussion, stating other people overheard and complained. She ordered us to refrain from speaking of such matters at the workplace even if it is a private conversation. Later, while sitting at my desk, I thought of all the open conversations I had overheard while at work: graphic details of sexual conquests, profanity-laced diatribes and heated political discussions. Those around me joined these conversations without hesitation. Yet, a private discussion about Christian principles offended people so much they complained to management.
Although Jesus had performed miracles for the crowds who followed Him, many still would not believe in him. If people back then rejected what was witnessed with their own eyes, it is no surprise that people today reject what they have not seen. If you find yourself being shunned or persecuted for your Christian faith, rejoice! You are in excellent company.