If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If 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. John 15:18-19
In a world where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control never had much of a chance, another behavior and philosophy is much more evident these days, perhaps more than ever before: Hatred.
Look at the expressions used around you everyday. There’s no middle ground, no strong dislike, no absence of interest. There’s always an opinion that expresses itself in hyperbole and extremism, regardless of the subject. Visceral, vehement, constantly combative and attacking. If someone can’t get the point across, even when the point has been proven wrong, the point to be made is escalated more often than abandoned. History is rife with this behavior.
A relatively new way of expressing hatred in all its many forms is by disguising it as something else. In the end, it is no less visceral or vehement but it is more effective than the full frontal assault that hatred usually comes across as. It is often disguised as tolerance.
One of the new and highly tolerant ways that hatred is being communicated these days is targeted against Christianity and Jesus Himself. It is disguised as tolerance of Islam, mainly, and many nations have favored international laws that would ban speech that could be interpreted in any way as besmirching that religion, its prophet Muhammad, or any of its practices.
How can tolerance be hatred, you ask? It’s easy when you realize what the endgame of tolerance is. The endgame is always to have the advantage over any other belief system that is perceived as historically superior to the one that needs the toleration.
By this, the murder of millions of female infants in China has been tolerated for decades. By this the abortion of 50+ million infants in America has been made possible in the last 39 years. By this the mention of Jesus Christ has been banned from most places in government, the arts, business practices, and just about any other public forum you can think of where Jesus might have had dominion at one time.
A crucifix laid in a beaker filled with urine passes as art these days. You wouldn’t see a Buddha figurine, or a model of Al Aqsa Mosque in one, though. Political correctness would get you ostracized for sure.
Here’s the point: The world in its economy has made hatred of the Loving Creator and His Son Jesus wholly acceptable. Love has been replaced with tolerance and it’s new definition couched in political correctness. Be reminded of what a great author and philosopher Dorothy Sayers said:
In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair…the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.
No one other than Jesus Christ died for you. He did so to save you, me and all who would believe on His Name from the one thing that could eternally separate us from the God who made us in His image: Our unforgiven sin.
Accept this deep in your heart. Not mere mental ascent, or intellectual agreement but heartfelt, permanent change. For those of you strongly nestled in that couch of tolerance, we in the non-politically correct world call this Repentance.
God bless you all mightily!