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Why does the world hate you?

Over the past several months we have seen negative comments being voice on social media relative to the presidential election. Now the election is past and we are seeing objections to the results of the election.

It is my opinion that this election was about evil versus good. One candidate seemed to representing the very thing that, according to Christians the Bible would indicate as being evil or sin. While the other candidate, the people wanted a perfect man but the candidate they chose did not fully meet their idea of ‘perfect’.

Many people spoke out about how they felt about each candidate. In most cases it was against one of the candidate. There was a great deal of information that was published in the social media that had been altered, or simply was not true.

During the election season there appeared to be many conflicts between the Christian and the non-Christian. When I refer to the ‘Christian’ I am writing about a person who has accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior and are living for Christ. In other words, they are a ‘disciple of Christ’.

When Paul was writing to the Romans, he said:

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1(NIV)

 In other words, God will determine who is placed in the positions of authority and He will not let someone have authority unless he allows it.

Both Christians and non-Christians became very anxious about who was going to win the election. They were trying to beat God to the punch line. They were concerned about having to change their lifestyle and following a leader that they did not believe was capable of leading this country. The candidates forgot to consult them regarding the platform that the candidate should have, according to them.

Have you ever wondered why there seemed to be so much hate between the two parties or the potential candidates within the parties?

In John chapter 15, the Apostle John recorded the instructions that Jesus was giving his disciples prior to his crucifixion. This is what Jesus told the disciples:

 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the 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 what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.  If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’  “John 15:17-25(NIV)

Were voters angry with each other because of guilt? When Christians live the way God intended them to live, their very presence can make the sinner feel guilty. If we are not living the way Christ wants us to live, we become tolerant of sin; and we lose our effectiveness for showing others their sinful condition.

What is their sinful condition? Here is what the bible says is a sinful condition in Romans 1:18-32(NIV)

 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:18-32(NIV)

A godly life is just the opposite of what an ungodly life. A godly life is filled with:

 “… love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:22-28(NIV)

My question to you: “How did you behave during this election season?” Did you demonstrate an ungodly condition or a godly condition? Christians are not perfect. We sometimes are prone to wonder away from God’s leading. The good news is that God will forgive us when we ask him. He will restore our godly condition.

 

NOTE: All scriptures used in this blog were downloaded from http://www.biblegateway.com